ABC News has reported that shepherds in Mexico are up in arms over a rash of beheadings inflicted on their goats, and many people are blaming the legendary predator known as the chupacabra.

Over the past two months, more than 300 goats owned by shepherds in Mexico’s Puebla state have been decapitated by someone, or something, that hasn’t yet been tracked down. Chupacabra sightings often emanate from the Southwest U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America and Mexico. The voracious beast is said to attack livestock, leaving behind puncture wounds after it drains their blood.

According to various reports, Felix Martinez, president of Colonia San Martin, recently stated that nearly 40 goats were killed near his municipality. Strangely, there was very little evidence of blood in the area where the goat bodies were found — throwing suspicion on the unknown animal known chupacabra, or “goat sucker,” which, according to traditional accounts, siphons the blood of its victims through a proboscis like appendage in its mouth.

In Puerto Rico, where the legends of the chupacabra originated, this nocturnal fiend was considered to be a HYBRID BEAST, possessing large, insect-like eyes, marsupial legs, reptilian skin, a mosquito-like proboscis and, occasionally, the ability to fly.

That having been stated, a new phenomenon has arisen in the last few years, wherein every mange infested wild dog that has shown up on the U.S. – Mexican border has been thrust into the same category, resulting in even more confusion regarding these mysterious monsters.

This new breed of this blood sucking beast, or NEO-CHUPACABRA as we here at American Monsters have dubbed them, have been plaguing the American southwest for years. In July, AOL News reported in July that a bizarre-looking animal, instantly labeled a chupacabra, was shot and killed by Texas Animal Control officer Frank Hackett. According to Hackett the creature’s monstrous appearance was one he won’t soon forget:

“All I know is, it wasn’t normal. It was ugly, real ugly. I’m not going to tell no lie on that one.”

Medical researchers have speculated that these purported neo-chupacabras of Texas and Mexico may actually be coyote hybrids, something DNA tests have yet to determine. Meanwhile, in Mexico, groups of peasants have formed watch groups to monitor any possible “classic” chupacabra activity in their communities.