Not too surprisingly, the El Paso Times story, Chicken deaths near Horizon City spark talk of Chupacabras, got a lot of attention in the media. The story is continuing to make the Internet rounds, and is the most-viewed story on elpasotimes.com today, three days after it was first published.
Several local television stations followed up with their own reports, but one of my favorite follow-ups was this report from an Albuquerque station. They hit the right tone:
Robby Holguin, who grew up in the Horizon City area, called to tell me that he had something to show me that would "blow my mind," and help explain what killed all those chickens.
Holguin took me out to a desert area about two or three miles from where the chickens were killed. It was there where he said his father recently saw a mountain lion and its cub. Here is a picture one of the tracks he showed me:
Interesting stuff, though the family with the dead chickens said the prints they saw included a heel behind the paw. So, maybe the mystery is still alive.
I'm still awaiting word from the Paso Del Norte Paranormal Society on a possible chupacabras hunt/investigation soon near Horizon City. So, hopefully there will be more fun to come.