When a rancher found the first dead bull at Silvies Valley Ranch in Oregon recently, he must have been stunned and horrified by what he saw: The animal’s tongue and sex organs had been removed. All the blood had also been drained from the cow’s body.
Over the next few days, it happened again, the Associated Press (AP) reports:
“Four more Hereford bulls were found within 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) in the same condition. There were no tracks around the carcasses.
“Ranch management and law enforcement suspect that someone killed the bulls. Ranch hands have been advised to travel in pairs and to go armed.”
Andie Davies says another cow was found near her home in Princeton, Oregon. It too had been drained of blood and cut up. But that wasn’t the only bizarre fact about the dead animal:
“Her son, a butcher at the time, inspected the slain animal. He couldn’t understand how the cuts were made so clean.
“Davies said she and her husband rode strategic circles around the area with four-wheelers to try and find vehicle tracks, horse tracks, something. They never found any. And in this country, ‘everything you do leaves tracks,’ Davies said.”
Oddly, these cattle mutilations have been taking place over the past few decades, according to IFLScience:
“A cow was killed on a remote ranch in the 1980s, while other cattle have been found dead near Princeton and Burns over the past couple of years.
“A report from 1975 in the New York Times states that almost 200 cows had been killed in 11 different western and mid-western states. Interestingly, even four decades ago, police believed the crimes were linked to an ‘Oregon group said to be enlisting followers for a trip to outer space.’ This spate of mutations in the 1970s even caught the attention of the FBI, however, they were unable to investigate due to a lack of jurisdiction.”
So what exactly is the reason for the deaths of otherwise healthy cows? According to Harney County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Dan Jenkins, the leading theory among law enforcement is that the most likely suspects are members of a local cult who use body parts from the animals for their rituals. But he admits not everyone is willing to accept that explanation:
“’A lot of people lean toward the aliens. One caller had told us to look for basically a depression under the carcass. Because he said that the alien ships will kinda beam the cow up and do whatever they are going to do with it. Then they just drop them from a great height.’
“’Another told us we should run like a Geiger counter type thing around the animal and guarantees that there would be radiation there,’ Jenkins added. ‘And the number one on the list there, he thinks it’s the North Vietnamese army.'”
Colby Marshall, vice president of the Silvies Valley Ranch, doesn’t think the attacks are malicious or being committed by someone who wants to try and harm the ranch financially. But he admits the facts have confounded him, too:
“To lose a completely healthy animal would be an oddity. To lose five young, very healthy, in great shape, perfect bulls that are all basically the same age … that is so outside the bounds of normal activity.
“Marshall speculates the bulls were darted with a tranquilizer that knocked them out. While some people acted as lookouts, others bled the animals out by inserting a large-gauge needle into the tongue and into an artery, then removed the organs after the heart stopped beating, he surmised.”
For now, there are no clear answers and no actual suspects in the deaths of the cows. But there are plenty of uneasy residents, each of whom has his or her own theory what the motive might be.
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