MERRIMACK, N.H. (CBS) – Police in Merrimack, New Hampshire are letting the public know about a strange-looking creature that was spotted in a cemetery Tuesday morning.

The animal, which authorities say is “most likely” a coyote pup, was seen running past headstones on Baboosic Lake Road near the Upper Elementary School.

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Nearby residents are also confused by the animal.

“It’s very scary, it’s an animal I don’t know,” said Carol Bosse, who walks her dog in the cemetery.

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The bantor around town is that it could be a zombie dog or a mythical creature from the jungles of Latin America known as the Chupacabra.

“We’re still trying to identify what it is and like any wild animal we want people to stay away from it,” said Police Lt. Ted Dillon.

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Wildlife officials say its advanced disfiguring skin mange will likely blind it soon, making survival impossible. In the meantime, they advise anyone who witnesses the animal to leave it alone.