An oddly shaped mammal, found dead on the road in Douglas County, Minnesota, is the subject of rampant speculation as locals try to pin down the origins of the creature.

Commenters on KSAX-TV Eyewitness news's Facebook page -- which posted photos of the mystery beast -- have speculated that the roadkill could be anything from a skunk to a badger to a wolverine to a wolf to even a chupacabra (a mythical beast rarely seen so far north).

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials believe the creature is "probably" a badger, citing its five prominent claws.

[KSAX via Discovery News]