Chupacabras have been killed in Texas with sightings elsewhere. Frank Hackett, a Hood County Animal Control Officer found one chupacabra in a barn the week of July 5th, 2010. Hackett found the animal in a barn and shot it to death when it growled at him. 10 miles away, rancher Jack Farr killed a second chupacabra. Both men maintain the animals were strange looking dog like creatures. Hackett stated in a NBC interview that "it was ugly, real ugly. I'm not going to tell no lie on that one." Farr also told NBC reporters that though "I have heard of a chupacabra before, but I thought it was some sort of mythological thing. I've seen deer and coyotes. This had deer ears, big teeth, and pinkish skin like nothing I've ever seen before."
Hood County Animal Control sent the beast Hackett killed to Texas A & M for testing. Initial examinations indicate that the animal Hackett killed was a coyote hybrid. Legend has it that El Chupacabras feed off the blood of livestock and residents in nearby Nacodoches, Texas have seen the animals frequently in neighborhoods. Shirley McLain, a Norma Street resident, spotted an animal and reported to KLTV: "I'd never seen anything like it before. I just thought it was real strange looking, it had features like a dog but if it's a dog I don't know what kind it is."
Residents in both locations have been asked to report any strange or sick looking animals in the areas to the Local Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, especially if the animals are of unidentifiable origin. The legend of chupacabras originated in Latin America, with sightings reported from Puerto Rico, Chile, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Bolivia, Columbia, Honduras, El Savador, Nicaraqua, Panama, Peru, Brazil and eventually in parts of the United States as far west as California and as far north as Maine. Chupacabras sightings have also been reported in Central Russia. Witnesses report the animal is hairless with leathery and scaly skin, with a dog like snout, forked tongue, large fangs, and glowing eyes. Chupacabras also omit a horrific smell and alarming screech.
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