Houston man claims he spotted Chupacabra

Published On: Jan 31 2014 10:46:05 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 31 2014 11:32:13 PM CST

Jan. 31, 2014: A Houston man says paw prints along the Buffalo Bayou in the Memorial area are just one piece of evidence to prove he's spotted the mythical creature known as the Chupacabra. He says he also has the pictures to support his claim. Keith Garvin reports.

HOUSTON -

A Houston man says paw prints along the Buffalo Bayou in the Memorial area are just one piece of evidence to prove he's spotted the mythical creature known as the Chupacabra. He says he also has the pictures to support his claim.

Scott Black's neighbor, David McKee, snapped several photos of the animal last Sunday in the back yard of the Doliver Point gated community, near Gessner and Doliver.

It was the third sighting of the animal in just the past 11 days.

"It had big, long, pointy ears. Long tail, had no fur," said Black, "but on its skin you could see splotches of gray and splotches of raw skin."

Black has seen the animal four times in all -- each instance right outside his back door.

After seeing the photos, a trapper from Ohio visited, then sent Black a cage to try and capture it.

Local 2 brought in animal control expert Claude Griffin to assess the situation. Griffin said while many will pass off the animal as a coyote, the physical characteristics appear to be a possible combination of several canine species -- from a coyote, to a domesticated breed, to a dingo.

Griffin said he's seen it before in the Houston area, which has a higher number of exotic pet owners than many people realize.

"People are actually inbreeding the animals and letting them go, and actually going out there and claiming that they're catching them," said Griffin. "So they are practicing the perfection of inbreeding."

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