Online hoax claims shape-shifter attacked campers in New Mexico

ESPANOLA, N.M. (KRQE) – One of those fake news sites has struck again with some New Mexicans thinking a beast-like creature is roaming the state.

The website posted an article on Facebook saying on Fourth of July weekend campers in Rio Arriba County were attacked by a possible shape-shifter or skin walker. They even posted an image of a large footprint in the dirt.

The article uses real state agencies and locations like Game and Fish, Carson National Forest but a made-up Sergeant Martinez with State Police.

Of course the article is completely false, but it’s getting a lot of attention on social media. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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