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Good Wednesday! Reminder: The Candidates Forum hosted by Today’s News-Herald, Radio Central and the Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce is today at 6 p.m. at the Lake Havasu High School Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 5:30 a.m. You’ll hear from candidates for Lake Havasu City Council, State Representative for District 30, and Arizona’s 9th Congressional District.

A live audio broadcast will be available on KNTR (106.7 FM) and you can find streaming videos on the News-Herald’s Facebook page (facebook.com/HavasuNews)

Readers sent in pictures of some creepy creatures they’ve seen in their neighborhoods.

News-Herald editor Brandon Bowers took the photo just outside a house near South Acoma Boulevard.

A day later, reader James Raines emailed the photo below of what he called a “possible chupacabra” spotted on London Bridge Road.

While it’s fun to entertain the idea of ​​mythical creatures prowling our neighborhoods, the simple answer is that many Havasu coyotes won’t win any beauty contests.

So why do they look so gnarly? Turns out it’s not that uncommon. Many coyotes in Arizona have mange, a canine disease caused by parasitic mites. Symptoms include hair loss and lesions.

Many believe that mangy coyotes are, in fact, the inspiration for the chupacabra, the mythical creature in Mexican folklore that feeds on goats and other small animals.

A few years ago, the Tucson Daily Star spoke to an Arizona Game & Fish Department veterinarian who said urban coyotes are more prone to mange because they eat garbage and other foods. abnormal, which contributes to weakening their immune system. What to do if you see a coyote with mange? Depending on the vet, you probably don’t need to alert wildlife officials.

Wildlife officials are unable to deal with such cases, and they consider the disease to be “nature’s way of weeding out the weak and the misfits from wildlife populations,” she said. However, as with all wildlife, if you see a mangy coyote, keep your distance. The disease can be transmitted to pets, and even to humans in rare circumstances.

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