MERRIMACK, N.H. – Police in New Hampshire say a macabre mammal spotted in a town cemetery is likely a mangy fox – not a “zombie dog” or mythical beast as some have speculated.
A photo taken this week by the Merrimack police chief and posted on Facebook attracted much speculation about the nearly hairless brown animal with a long tail and square jaw.
Many guessed it was a coyote, or perhaps a chupacabra, a purported gargoyle-like creature that drains the blood of goats and other victims.
Lt. Matthew Tarleton acknowledges the animal looks like something out of a horror movie, but said a Fish and Game officer believes it is a fox afflicted with mange.
He says anyone who sees it should call police, who will decide whether it should be put down.