Here’s an interesting clue about the chupacabra. I found this quote about mange interesting regarding the Elmendorf beast:
“Stacy spent twenty years working with a veterinarian and as a zookeeper for five years, so some of her expertise came in handy on this visit. She debunked the mange theory.
‘This was not a secondary infection,’ she pointed out as she examined the pictures. ‘This was scaly skin. There was no secondary infection in this animal caused by mange.’
So, Coyote or Fox or some other animal with an infection, or something else? Here’s more on the mange view:
… Not even Jack Crabtree, a retired wildlife biologist from Lake Jackson, Texas, says he believes it (is an unknown animal). And he has the pictures to prove it.
On July 4 and again two evenings later, Crabtree and his wife, Linda, said they saw a slow-moving, almost hairless animal near the creek out back of their house in Lake Jackson.
“It was immediately clear to me it was a coyote with a severe case of mange,” said Crabtree, a 24-year veteran of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (Sarcoptic mange is a condition caused by parasitic mites that can cause an animal to lose its fur.) “It was obviously sick.”
Linda, a retired teacher, took some photos, and Jack passed them on to the local newspaper “with tongue in cheek,” he said. Apparently the paper thought he was serious. The photo ran on the front page with a headline about a reported chupacabra sighting, and soon reporters were calling from Houston, about an hour’s drive north.