Wise County town adopts chupacabra as mascot

creature ID'd

Credit: Russ Bauman / WFAA-TV

The hairless creature found in Wise County was identified as a raccoon with a congenital defect.

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by AMANDA McNEW

WFAA

Posted on May 18, 2010 at 9:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 19 at 12:10 AM

RUNAWAY BAY — City leaders in Runaway Bay hope the chupacabra will help put their town on the map.

On Tuesday night, the City Council voted to make the creepy critter their official mascot.

A man found a hairless animal at a Wise County golf course earlier this year.  The pictures sparked talk that it could be the mythical blood-sucking creature.

Biologists later said it was a hairless raccoon.

A City Council member told News 8 the likeness of its new mascot will not be used on official city property like police cars or water towers.

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