Mark Cothren says he shot down an animal with whiskers and big ears, which was a house cat. Researchers, though, say the deceased beast is probably a coyote with mange, which caused it to look like a hairless rat.
Cothren is undeterred by these skeptics. He invited the media to view the body of the infamous "goat sucker" (as it's called in some countries), which he discovered prowling his front lawn.
Keep reading for a video of this strange creature -- and let us know what you think it is in the comments.