Is the chupacabra mystery solved?

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by KVUE News

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Posted on October 30, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 1 at 10:03 AM

 The chupacabra, which means "goat sucker" in Spanish, has terrified livestock owners for a long time.  But does the the legendary hairless animal really exist?  Or is it a modern day myth?

Cryptozoologists at the University of Michigan say they have an answer.  They believe the real cause behind the chupacabra is a tiny parasite, which causes coyotes to lose all their hair.  Coyotes with severe scabies infections are now thought to be the source of the sightings.  Scientists say scabies can do a lot of damage - and mortality can be relatively high.

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