Another Chupacabra!!!

Discussion in 'Coyote Hunting - From 10 Yards to over 1,000 Yards' started by Double Naught Spy, Aug 9, 2019.

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  1. Double Naught Spy

    Double Naught Spy Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2012
    The mythical chupacabra (or is it 'chupacabras'?) are widely reported in Mexico, Central America, and the southern US, but whenever I have seen where they have been actually killed by some farmer and identified as such, they are always some sort of mangy canid. They are also reported in the Carribbean. I suspect that of the mainland reports, most are coyotes based on their size and head shape, but it can be hard to tell from TV video or still images. The chupacabra are hairless or nearly hairless because they are suffering from severe sarcoptic mange.

    I think I have shot 4 or 5 now that are in this bad of shape. This coyote was nearly completely denuded, but was doing fairly well considering how bad of shape it was it. The others that I have killed had open wounds on their bodies from coming in contact with sharp materials (thorns, fences, etc.) and from trying to relieve themselves by vigorously scratching where they itched. This one did not. However, it did have the large yellow/white patches of skin that is indicative of extensive tunneling by the mites in those areas.

    One should not handle coyotes with mange, particularly like this one. The sarcoptic mite can transfer to humans and cause a condition know as scabies or scabies rash. It is extremely unpleasant. If you do handle them, wear rubber/latex/nitrile gloves and do not allow the carcass to come in contact with clothing to where the mites may transfer.

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  2. owlman

    owlman Well-Known Member

    Jul 23, 2012
    You did that yodel dog a favor.
  3. 26Reload

    26Reload Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2016
    It's because of climate change......yeah..yeah...that's the ticket....
  4. jjmp

    jjmp Well-Known Member

    Dec 4, 2007
    Lol .........