VICTORIA, TX--While the hunt for big foot might be big in other parts of the country down here in south Texas it is all about the Chupacabra.
Many believe the Chupacabra is a mythical creature but one Victoria County couple said they think one was killed on their property Sunday night. Doug and Lucy Ohrt live on a ranch in Victoria County and said Sunday evening they came face to face with a strange looking animal.
"My grandson ran and got the gun and shot it at 240 yards, and my grandkids said oh that's a Chupacabra" said Ohrt.
The name Chupacabra means goat sucker, and with the number of farms and ranches in south Texas
it is no surprise that a creature said to suck the blood of livestock has an infamous reputation.
"I’ve heard people say they've gotten young calves but they have never gotten any of ours" said Ohrt.
Lucy Ohrt said it’s features, like long legs, and big teeth, raise big questions about whether or not it is a coyote.
"It’s usually got long hair on it and this one doesn't and that's what makes it different from a regular coyote"
But not everyone's convinced that it is a Chupacabra.
"i've seen squirrels, raccoons, and coyotes in this area with the same features" said Wildlife Biologist Josh Turner.
Josh Turner is a Wildlife Biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife and said he gets quite a few calls from people saying they
have seen a Chupacabra but he said as far as he knows they do not exist.
"They're a mythical creature um that most people see but what it really is sarcoptic mange which is caused by a
mite that bites the animal and it can be on any mammal dogs ,cats, coyotes, foxes, and humans can get another version of it as well" said Turner.
Turner said if you do see an animal with mange, it is best to keep your distance since it is contagious.
"If you do shoot it wear gloves if you want to move it because that mite can get on your pets" said Turner.
Ohrt said she plans to keep anything that looks like this away from her pets.
"I’m scared they are going to get my dogs" said Ohrt.
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