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Chupacabra: Unknown Canids of America (and beyond?)

In 1995, strange animal deaths on the island country of Puerto Rico were blamed on a monster that many claimed to have encountered; this beast was called the Chupacabra, Spanish for "goat sucker," because of it's vampiric killing techniques. After these incidents had been reported on television worldwide, animal deaths in other countries started to be blamed both by witnesses and by news agencies on "chupacabras" as well, despite obvious differences in both the remains left and the creatures blamed... the word 'chupacabras' had simply become a word meaning 'unknown killer of small livestock,' and it was a buzz word that helped sell news stories. The majority of these new reports come from Mexico and the Southern portion of the United States, and the creatures being sighted in these areas are said to be distinctly dog-like in appearance. Even though early reports described these new "chupacabras" as wierd and vampiric relations to the Puerto Rico monster, reports now describe what animals that seem to be scavengers and opportunistic predators, willing to get an easy meal from a farm.

        Being that many dead bodies, photos, and films now exist of the American chupacabras, the arguements at this point are no longer about whether or not the creatures are supernatural (despite what news agencies continue to report), the real arguments are about whether these specimens and reports represent a new, unknown animal species -- a thought championed by a number of cryptozoologists, people who specialize in trying to find unknown animals -- or if the evidence merely shows a problem with mange in the texas area effecting coyotes and racoons, leaving the animals sick and weak, and more likely to look for easy meals at unsafe locations... like a farm. As Curiosities, rather than Anomalies, I will not be tracking down all existing cases of these matters (it's a convoluted mess anyways), but will focus on singular and unusual cases that may either help clear things up or further muddy the waters.

Excerpts from Monsters Here & There

        The contents presented here are briefly summarized from my (unpublished) book, Monsters Here & There. I'll be expanding the information on this and related pages as I get the time; but, seeing as yesterday -- April 3, 2014 -- a live North American chupacabras was caught, I thought it was a good time to add these first drafts on American chupacabras from the book.