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DNA results show chupacabra animal is mixture of coyote, Mexican wolf

By Sonny Long
Oct. 31, 2008 at 5:31 a.m.


CUERO - The animal found in rural DeWitt County in July is a hybrid, a mixture of both coyote and Mexican wolf. That is the conclusion of the University of California, Davis veterinary genetics laboratory after conducting DNA tests on a sample from the animal.

Phylis Canion, near whose property the animal was found after being hit by a car, sent the sample off and paid for more testing after initial results from Texas State University identified the animal as a coyote. According to the UC-Davis report, the animal has coyote (Canis latrans) in the maternal ancestry and there was a Y chromosome match to a Mexican wolf sample, indicating a likelihood of that gene in the paternal ancestry. "I knew it was something more than a coyote. This is exciting," Canion said, adding that additional testing will be conducted to determine why the animal was hairless.

Discovery Channel personnel have retrieved the cameras they had set up on her property, and a similar animal has been captured on tape, said Canion. The network is planning two shows on the animal next year. Canion added that she has decided to set up a grant from funds generated by sale of chupacabra t-shirts. The grant, most likely an annual $500 gift, will be awarded to a school whose student writes the winning essay on a topic to be determined.

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