Texas biologists have stated that the strange animalslocated in Lufkin and Elmendorf, Texas earlier this yearwere coyotes with mange. They did no DNA studies of theanimals, and made no effort, beyond looking at somephotographs, to determine why, if they are coyotes, thedisease they have has altered the configuration of their skulls.
In fact, the animals have a disease more profound thanmange, if they are coyotes, because their skeletons havebeen altered, most particularly the lower jaws, which appearto have incisors that are far larger than those in anycanid, or, in fact, any known mammal.
This could be because of bone loss in the jaws that ismaking the teeth appear larger. The lower jaws are so shortthat the animal would have trouble eating, suggesting thatit is a deformity caused by disease.
But what disease? No form of mange causes bone loss, andthat lack of bleeding from the animals when they were shotsuggests a profound systemic illness of some kind.
Unknowncountry.com's DNA study could not be completedbecause the DNA from the animal in Elmendorf haddeteriorated due to exposure to light, heat or radiation. Itcould only be confirmed that it was a canid.
Unless DNA can be obtained from another animal, the studycannot be continued. In the meantime, animals in this samecondition have been found three hundred miles apart inTexas, and one has been located in Maryland.
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