Picayune, MS - Picayune is typically a pretty quiet town, but lately an unwanted visitor has created quite a stir.
Jennifer Whitfield and her son Justin spotted the mysterious creature in a lot near their home. They captured video and posted it online. That's when they discovered they weren't the only ones to spot the animal.
Just a few streets over the Denton's were already on the case.
Amanda Denton said, "I kept looking up 'hairless coyote' and it kept saying 'chupacabra,' and so then we have been running back and forth to the car - our cars - because we didn't want the chupacabra to get us."
Just up the road, the Cooper family presented another possibility.
Caroline Cooper said, "We came out here and I could see it running over there and I was like 'look, it's over there daddy!' and he was like 'that is not a coyote that's a squatchdog' because he's obsessed with watching "Finding Bigfoot."
Despite their squatchdog theory, the cooper's wanted an expert opinion, so they called the department of wildlife, fisheries, and parks.
According to dave burnette, from the MS Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, "They way they described it to me it's a coyote, really bad off with the mane."
Officers say the coyote is in pretty poor health, but is maintaining life through garbage, pet food and a local water source.