Study chupacabras; don't kill them

July 25, 2011 at 2:25 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

I am writing to plead to the landowners to stop the killing of the "chupacabras." As far as I have heard, they are not hurting anything. The study on their DNA showed a cross between a coyote and a Mexican wolf. Maybe this is a new species of mammal right here in South Texas. If they are spreading, there must be a niche they are filling and it might even be beneficial. Maybe they are feeding on the burgeoning population of feral hogs. There have been reports that they are diseased coyotes with sarcoptic mange, but the Discovery Channel story which aired a couple of years ago said that there was no evidence of mange on the animal found by Phyllis Canion.

They need to be studied, not exterminated.

David Janssen M.D., Victoria



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