Issues of concern to people who live in the west: property rights, water rights, endangered species, livestock grazing, energy production, wilderness and western agriculture. Plus a few items on western history, western literature and the sport of rodeo... Frank DuBois served as the NM Secretary of Agriculture from 1988 to 2003. DuBois is a former legislative assistant to a U.S. Senator, a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Interior, and is the founder of the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Chupacabra in Mississippi?
With its blue hairless body, rounded ears and scarily sharp teeth, this strange creature has been creating quite a stir. Shot dead by a Mississippi homeowner, it has re-opened the debate as to the very existence of the mythical chupacabra - which is said to hunt livestock by sucking the blood out of animals. Truitt Barnard, who gunned the beast down in his Simpson County garden after spying it from 130 yards, said: 'Strangest animal I've ever seen. I've been hunting 50 years. Dubbed the 'Bigfoot of Latin culture', the chupacabras - which means goat sucker in Spanish - have been reportedly seen since 1995. Popular legend uses the phrase to describe unknown animals that attack livestock, usually goats, and allegedly drink the animal's blood. But Jackson vet Troy Majure said Mr Barnard's unusual find was probably not the mythical animal. He said: 'All the cases I know it would be a type of canine, whether it's a fox coyote dog.' He revealed it also could be a hybrid of the animals, and said: 'This one looks like it's pretty emaciated as well, when I say emaciated it looks like it could use a good meal. 'Chronic mange will actually cause blue in color and give the appearance that you see with the so called Chupacabra.'...more
Truitt Barnard said the beast's 3/4 inch long double canines were the same as those seen by others on the mythical chupacabra