Possible chupacabra spotted in Deer Creek

DEER CREEK, Okla. - People who live in and around Deer Creek are trying to figure out if a large, strange animal spotted killing chickens and a turkey is the mythical creature known as a 'chupacabra.'

"That's immediately what we thought, and it looks exactly the same. There's not much difference at all," Craig Martin told News 4 back in 2013.

When we spoke with Martin in February of 2013, he showed us a picture of an animal he was convinced could be the mysterious creature known as a 'chupacabra.'

Now, another animal that looks just like the one Martin spotted was captured on video in Mike and Lisa Curtis' backyard.

Both animals were spotted near Western and Waterloo.

"We saw the chickens and the turkey, the ones that had been killed and we were taken back quite a bit. So, we stopped. I actually have a game camera that we, that I have set in there," Mike said.

In the video, you can see a large animal roaming around the Curtis' yard. Later, it attacks four chickens and eats their turkey, named Loretta.

"She was very tame, and our little nieces and nephews would come out and pet her and feed her," Lisa said.

"When we saw this animal, we were - we all didn't know what the say because it wasn't a coyote, that I'd ever seen," Mike said.

Mike did some research and came across the link to the story we did in 2013 about the possible chupacabra sighting, in the same area where the Curtis' live.

"We watch the video, read the article and we're like, wow, this thing looks just like what we have on video. The guy had it on picture; now we have it on video," Mike said.

Some think the animal is most likely a coyote with a bad case of mange, which is what officials with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife thought back in 2013.

"My opinion is that this is an animal with mange. To me, it looks more like a dog than a coyote because the tail seems short and the legs seem longer than most of the Coyotes I've seen, but the ears are the same size and upright shape as a coyote's ears. It's hard to make out the animal's neck clearly in the second photo, but it looks like it might have a collar on it, but that maybe a false impression. Mange is a fairly common skin disease that seems to cycle in our state. I've not had any calls about Coyotes with mange this year, but I had several last year. Coyotes commonly contract mange, but so do dogs that are neglected or are running loose. I can't say with certainty whether or not this is a dog or a Coyote, but I believe that it's one of those two species and it does appear to have a very bad case of mange. The 'collar' that I think I'm seeing in the second photo might actually be a patch of skin that is bare and swollen because of the mange," said Mark Howery, diversity biologist at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife.

"It's still up for debate. Was it a coyote with mange or a chupacabra? That's - we'll let ya'll decide," Mike said.

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