DEER CREEK, Okla. – It’s been seen prowling in a field, eating the carcass of a dead animal but what is it?
Everyone has an opinion.
“Starving coyote to be honest,” one viewer said.
Some are convinced this is something more mysterious.
“Chupacabra? Yeah! There ya go,” one man said.
Others agree. “It does look like one to me. It does. It really does,” Carmen Himes said.
A chupacabra is a legendary animal rumored to feed on the blood of goats.
Believers said it’s making its way into Oklahoma from Mexico.
Chupacabra, coyote what ever you think this animal is, it’s in the Deer Creek area at Hwy. 74 and Waterloo Rd.
Craig Martin snapped pictures of the animal when he spotted it in the field.
The avid outdoorsman said it looks just like a chupacabra.
“That’s immediately what we thought and it looks exactly the same,” he said. “There’s not much difference at all.”
He said it looks much different than a coyote.
Martin isn’t the only one who has caught the animal on camera.
Video of a possible chupacabra was captured by a south Texas patrol officer.
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife biologists said Martin’s picture is of something less mythical.
“What we’re dealing with here is just a coyote with a bad case of mange,” Department of Wildlife Spokesperson Michael Bergin said.
“I’m not saying it’s not part coyote but I think it could be a hybrid,” he said. “I think it’s probably mixed with another species of dog, but it’s definitely not just a reg. coyote. They can say what they want.”
He said they should consider researching and documenting the animal more seriously since it has been spotted around the southern United States.
Experts admit a hybrid is possible and either way, people in Deer Creek will be watching.
“I just might be looking for it because this is hilarious,” he said. “I love stuff like that!”
Through sightings and pictures, the mystery of the chupacabra in Oklahoma remains.