Skip to comments.Mystery Roadkill Still Unidentified after Further DNR Examination (Chupacabra, Mangy Badger?)
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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DNA test should tell them what it is.
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.....
Just your typical democrat.
A poisonous species of chestnut? I think not. Looks more like defoliated wolverine.
haven’t they heard of dna testing?
oh, sorry... it’s a dem state, what was i thinking. science doesn’t matter, only emotion.
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.
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.
Yep, definitely a badger.....
Where I used to hunt in Kansas, they were as common there as groundhogs are here..........
Looks like a badger with mange.
Albino dog that’s been neglected, with long toenails that have never been clipped and has mange(hope I spelled that right)??
Looks like a mutant bear cub to me.
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?
I definitely do not think it is a snake.
Looks mushed to me.