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Mystery Roadkill Still Unidentified after Further DNR Examination (Chupacabra, Mangy Badger?)
KSAX ^ | 08/05/2011 | Joe Nelson and Laurie Stribling

Posted on 08/07/2011 3:18:18 AM PDT by nickcarraway

Two days after Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials brought in a mystery carcass, found in rural Douglas County, no positive identification has been made.

D.N.R. Area Wildlife Supervisor Kevin Kotts said Friday that after examining the remains, there are no clear signs of it not being a badger, however its longer tail is inconsistent with badgers he has seen.

Kotts said there are clear signs that the animal was hit on the road, suffering skull fractures, but an intact jaw could help determine a positive identification.

He said he expects fur trappers who have more experience with local mammals to examine the carcass in the near future. Kotts said the animal was taken to the Glenwood D.N.R. office and it has since been frozen.

Kotts said the D.N.R. is considering burying the carcass to allow it to further decompose to aide the identification process, but wants to avoid any possible interference with dogs and is concerned its pungent smell may linger nearby.

The dead white mammal was spotted this week on a Douglas County road with five claws, dark tufts of hair on its back and head and long toenails.

Roadkill is nothing new for Minnesotans, but this curious creature got people talking.

Lacey Ilse said she was driving near her home on County Road 86, south of Alexandria, when she spotted the mysterious mammal.

"We saw something in the middle of the road, and we knew it wasn't a dog or a cat, because it didn't have hair. It had a clump of hair and all the rest was just white skin," Ilse said."it's ear was all mis-shaped. To me, it looked like half-human."

Ilse said she soon posted pictures of the animal on Facebook, and rumors and speculation took off.

"It just shot out like wildfire. everybody was putting it on their Facebook pages. And then, their friends were putting it on their pages," she said.

Noelle Jones sent the pictures to KSAX Monday, and after posting them on the KSAX Facebook page that night, more than 175 comments have been posted about the unusual animal, with guesses ranging from a skunk, badger, wolverine, wolf, or even proof of the mythical chupacabra.

Folks in Alexandria Wednesday had their own ideas.

"First guess was a badger with like, a case of mange. But then, some other people were saying, like a chupacabra. and after looking at some pictures, I was like, 'you know, it's possible," Jones said.

"It kinda looks like a 10-year-old wolf," Austin Becker of Alexandria said.

"Almost looks like a pig, with paws? I don't know, or a wolf," Kaitlin Van Horn of Morris said.

Kotts used the process of elimination Wednesday to give his answer.

"It's got five long front claws on each of its front feet, which would be characteristic of a badger," Kotts said. "I ran the pictures past a few other DNR folks that have a lot of trapping and/or fur-bare experience, and they all said, it's hard to be 100 percent sure what it is ... but if it's a Minnesota animal, it's probably a badger."

But Ilse, and just about everyone else who has seen it, can't be so sure.

"If you're looking at the top half, it definitely looks like a dog that's kind of been torn apart. But, I'm not sure what to make of the back part," Igor Simanovich of the Twin Cities said.

"It's a strange animal and i hope we don't have anymore around here," Jane Murphy of Alexandria said.

"You know how they do their government secret testing on animals? and I know it sounds crazy, but I've never seen an animal like this," Ilse said

Kotts said it's the animal's lack of fur that's causing such difficulty identifying the creature.

Jason Abraham, with the Department of Natural Resources, said he thinks it may be a domestic dog, but he is still left with questions.

"The head suggests a canine, very likely a domestic dog," Abraham said. "However, the right front foot appears to have five toes, which is not typical for canines. Also, the long toenails are not typical for an active canine."

Ilse said some of her guinea hens and cats are missing and suspects the animal or others in the area may be to blame. Several burrowed holes ranging from four to ten inches in size were also spotted near where the animal was found.

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TOPICS: Local News; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: badgerbadgerbadger; chupacabra; mange; mushroommushroom; roadkill; snakesnakesnakesnake

1 posted on 08/07/2011 3:18:23 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Bill Maher shouldn’t have let his mother hitch hike like that. Tragedy was only a tire away.
2 posted on 08/07/2011 3:24:49 AM PDT by BigCinBigD
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To: nickcarraway

DNA test should tell them what it is.


3 posted on 08/07/2011 3:25:11 AM PDT by bgill
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To: nickcarraway
if it's a Minnesota animal, it's probably a badger."

I've seen badgers and it's not a badger. It's also too big to be a golden gopher.

My guess, since it was found dead in the road, it's definitely a washed up Buckeye.....

4 posted on 08/07/2011 3:43:37 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (You can't forfeit the game Chuck! If you go home you forfeit!)
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To: nickcarraway

Raccoon


5 posted on 08/07/2011 3:56:08 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks Right-Wing.)
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To: nickcarraway

Just your typical democrat.


6 posted on 08/07/2011 3:56:49 AM PDT by tdscpa
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To: Hot Tabasco
it's definitely a washed up Buckeye

A poisonous species of chestnut? I think not. Looks more like defoliated wolverine.

7 posted on 08/07/2011 3:57:09 AM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: nickcarraway

haven’t they heard of dna testing?

oh, sorry... it’s a dem state, what was i thinking. science doesn’t matter, only emotion.


8 posted on 08/07/2011 4:31:10 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: nickcarraway

Wow, that is one weird animal. Those teeth, the jaw, and the muzzle look like a dog to me, but that front paw is just freaky. I have Lab-Beagle mix that has a misformed front paw, it kind of looks like that, but one his nails is curled because it never comes in contact with the ground.


9 posted on 08/07/2011 4:34:32 AM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: nickcarraway

Wow!


10 posted on 08/07/2011 4:35:59 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: sten

No need to test it’s a badger with mange, Sometimes the coyotes around here get it and they’ll be completely bald and they are ugley! Besides everybody know’s Chupacabra’s are only found in South TX.


11 posted on 08/07/2011 4:39:49 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: Dusty Road

Werewolf?


12 posted on 08/07/2011 4:43:21 AM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Dusty Road
No need to test it’s a badger with mange,

Yep, definitely a badger.....

Where I used to hunt in Kansas, they were as common there as groundhogs are here..........

13 posted on 08/07/2011 5:08:03 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (You can't forfeit the game Chuck! If you go home you forfeit!)
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To: nickcarraway

Looks like a badger with mange.


14 posted on 08/07/2011 5:11:35 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Boehner resign!)
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To: nickcarraway

Albino dog that’s been neglected, with long toenails that have never been clipped and has mange(hope I spelled that right)??


15 posted on 08/07/2011 5:31:00 AM PDT by MsLady (Be the kind of woman that when you get up in the morning, the devil says, "Oh crap, she's UP !!")
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To: nickcarraway

Looks like a mutant bear cub to me.


16 posted on 08/07/2011 5:32:40 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (2012 is the opportunity to get rid of Obama and his Empire of Lies.)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Great photo - just imagine that badger shaved nekkid.

The feet, ears and jaw are identical to the ‘unidentified carcass’.

Thanks for solving that ‘mystery’.

Question: How come the DNR doesn’t have a clue?


17 posted on 08/07/2011 5:34:44 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Despair; man's surrender. Laughter; God's redemption.)
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To: sodpoodle
It's one of these.
18 posted on 08/07/2011 5:37:41 AM PDT by Lazamataz (America. Great idea. Couldn't last.)
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To: Lazamataz

I definitely do not think it is a snake.


19 posted on 08/07/2011 5:46:11 AM PDT by BRL
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To: BRL
It might be a mushroom.

Looks mushed to me.

20 posted on 08/07/2011 5:48:22 AM PDT by Lazamataz (America. Great idea. Couldn't last.)
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To: Dusty Road

You beat me to the punch——I was about to contribute that the chupacabras only exists where the majority of the population speaks Spanish.

It was actually “discovered” in Puerto Rico about 20-25 years ago and the tale spread all over the Spanish-speaking world.

Most of the US “chupacabras” roadkill have turned out to be coyotes. Mangy, maybe, but still coyotes.


21 posted on 08/07/2011 5:48:47 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

Make no mistake about it Chupabara’s are real. Just last week I seen one drinking a Tecate at Don Carlo’s restaurant, his hair was perfect!


22 posted on 08/07/2011 5:55:57 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: nickcarraway

When does Andrew Zimmern eat it?


23 posted on 08/07/2011 5:58:23 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (aka Big Daddy Goo-Goo)
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To: nickcarraway
Kotts said the D.N.R. is considering burying the carcass to allow it to further decompose to aide the identification process, but wants to avoid any possible interference with dogs and is concerned its pungent smell may linger nearby.

Badgers? Pungent Badgers? WE DON'T NEED NO STINKIN' BADGERS...

24 posted on 08/07/2011 6:42:24 AM PDT by FDNYRHEROES (It's 3 AM. Let me sleep on it. I'll get back to you in 16 hours.)
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To: nickcarraway
Reminds me of an old joke.
Why did the possum cross the road?
Answer: To get to the middle...
25 posted on 08/07/2011 6:50:02 AM PDT by FDNYRHEROES (It's 3 AM. Let me sleep on it. I'll get back to you in 16 hours.)
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To: nickcarraway

Mangy badger.


26 posted on 08/07/2011 6:52:24 AM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: ought-six
"Mangy badger."

"Badgers? We don't need no stinking badgers!"


27 posted on 08/07/2011 6:57:54 AM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: nickcarraway

With that small patch of hair this beast whatever looks like the Sonic Hedgehodge =)


28 posted on 08/07/2011 7:25:50 AM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: nickcarraway

Used to know a guy named Mangy Badger; he was a drummer in a Vegas band.


29 posted on 08/07/2011 4:23:56 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: nickcarraway
Kotts said the D.N.R. is considering burying the carcass to allow it to further decompose to aide the identification process, but wants to avoid any possible interference with dogs and is concerned its pungent smell may linger nearby.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Send it to me, I'll have those bones clean and degreased in just a few weeks...

30 posted on 08/07/2011 6:38:02 PM PDT by LongElegantLegs (Use it up, wear it out, make it over or do without.)
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To: Dusty Road

I don’t think it is a badger. Snout too long and narrow. Teeth totally different.

http://www.google.com/search?q=badger+teeth&hl=en&biw=1045&bih=704&prmd=ivns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=iQhBTt_TFMSKsQL2zpW2CQ&sqi=2&ved=0CC4QsAQ

I think it is a dog that had mange for a very long time. Dogs can grow very long “claws” if they are not active.


31 posted on 08/09/2011 3:45:43 AM PDT by tdscpa
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