In the mid-1990s, the Chupacabras leapt onto the cryptozoology scene - reports started in Puerto Rico, but soon spread to the US as well… and these are not the "blue dog" variety, either...
"Police in Tucson, Arizona received a call on May 1, 1996 from a man named Jose Espinoza. Something had broken into Mr. Espinoza's house. He described the intruder as a creature with large, red eyes, a pointed nose, and shriveled features. According to the witness, the Chupacabras had entered the home, slammed a door, and jumped on his seven-year-old son before hopping out the window. Footprints and handprints were found on the walls. Most of the handprints, however, matched those of Mr. Espinoza's son.
"Espinoza may not have been lying, however, because, on May 2, a dozen goats and a sheep were found dead. Whatever had caused the deaths had also wounded several cows. The rancher on the farm saw the creature later and shot it with a rifle. Despite the wounds. the Chupacabras continued to go to the farm night after night.
"Donna, Texas was the next town in the United States to have the displeasure of being visited by the Chupacabraas. Sylvia Ybarra found her pet goat dead in the yard in the middle of May. It had puncture wounds on its neck.
"A man living in California said a Chupacabras had bit his hand while he was sleeping. He felt a tugging on his hand and woke up to see a shadowy figure disappear from the window. He was puzzled because there was nothing but an alleyway outside his window (he loved in a third story apartment). How could the Chupacabras have gotten up there and just disappear? Did it fly? Possibly. Many people who saw the Chupacabras in Puerto Rico in '95 and '96 said it could fly by levitating or moving the quills on its back."
This post is excerpted from my book Cryptid U.S.: Tales of Bigfoot, Lake Monsters, and More from Across America.