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02/05/2014 01:45 pm ET | Updated Feb 05, 2014

Texas 'Chupacabra' Sightings Startle Houston Residents

A Texas man claims he's seen an animal that he believes to be the legendary "chupacabra" running around in a gated community.

Resident Scott Black took photos of the animal in the back yard of his condominium in Houston's Memorial neighborhood last Sunday. Black, who has seen the dog-like animal four separate times, believes it is a chupacabra, a mythical beast believed to feed on the blood of goats and other animals.

“Big, long ,pointy ears, long tail, had no skin, or no fur, but you could see splotches of gray,” Black told KXAN.

After snapping photos of the alleged chupacabra, he sent them to a trapper from Ohio, who visited and left cages to try and capture it.

Houston animal control expert Claude Griffin believes the chupacabra could be the result of crossbreeding by exotic pets.

"People are actually inbreeding the animals and letting them go and claiming that they're catching them," Griffin told KOKH. "They are practicing the perfection of in-breeding."

Chupacabra sightings occur with some frequency in the Southern United States, but there's debate as to what the bizarre animals actually are.

In October, a chupacabra spotted rummaging through garbage in a Mississippi neighborhood was thought to be a coyote with a particularly bad case of mange.

About a month before that sighting, a man in northern Mississippi claimed to have killed a chupacabra on his property after the animal got into his chicken coop. Local animal officials told WJTV that it was probably just a mangy dog.

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