Cattle mutilations are instances where a domestic farm animal has been butchered with surgical precision. Although this is done mostly to cows it also happens to horses. In fact, the first case on record was a horse. The characteristics are such that they rule out a kill by wild predators such as coyotes and wolves.
THE FIRST CATTLE MUTILATION?
On April 21, 1897, Alexander Hamilton, the noted statesman, was awakened at night by loud humming noises coming from his cattle yard. He and two other men went outside and saw an “airship” slowly come down and hover over the yard. Here is how Hamilton described it:
“It consisted of a great cigar-shaped portion possibly 300 feet long, with a carriage underneath. The carriage was made of glass or some other transparent substance alternating with a narrow strip of some material. It was brilliantly lighted within and everything was plainly visible. It was occupied by six of the strangest beings I ever saw. They were jabbering together, but we could not understand a word they said. It seemed to pause and hover directly over a two -year old heifer, which was bawling and jumping, apparently fast in the fence. Going to her, we found a cable about a half-inch in thickness made of some red material, fastened in a slip knot around her neck, one end passing up to the vessel, and the heifer tangled in the wire fence. We tried to get it off but could not, so we cut the wire loose and stood in amazement to see the ship, heifer and all, rise, slowly, disappearing in the northwest. Neighbor Thomas Link (four miles away) found the hide, legs, and head in his field the next day and no tracks in the soft ground, which mystified him.”
SAN LUIS VALLEY
The first modern case on record occurred in 1967 in the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado. A horse owned by the King family named Lady was found dead in a pasture. Its flesh had been stripped completely from the skull, exposing the bare bones. The bones were so clean of flesh that the skull looked as if it had been sitting out exposed to the sun for weeks. However, the family had just seen the horse alive two days earlier. More confounding was the fact that there was absolutely no blood found near the body and no animal tracks of any kind nearby.
Several organs of the horse were missing and the cuts were made more precisely than the sharpest knife could have made. Remember, this was 1967, a good twenty years before surgical lasers were available.
Lady, Not Snippy
Since this case is the first, I want to keep the facts straight for you. The original reports stated the horse’s name was Snippy. Those reports were incorrect. The horse’s name was Lady. Snippy was Lady’s mother and she was not harmed. Just to keep the record straight.
During the time when this mutilation occurred many people in the area saw UFOs and strange lights. Several other animals were found mutilated the same way. They were also found lying in the middle of a perfectly outlined circle cut or burned into the surrounding vegetation.
More Black Helicopters
Also seen in the area were black unmarked helicopters, which were extremely rare in 1967. Low-flying jets appeared in the area, which was also uncommon.
Native American Connection
The San Luis Valley is known to be a place of special significance to many Native American tribes. Among other things, it was the one place where many different tribes would gather each spring and there would be no conflict among them. It is said that this is the valley “where man was created.”
Your Basic Mutilation
A standard mutilation exhibits one or more of the following characteristics:
* Usually occurs with cattle, horses, or sheep.
* Jaw cut: A precision, surgical-like cut of surrounding flesh to completely expose the jaw bone and teeth. The tongue and surrounding glandular tissue has been removed.
* The sex organs, navel, and nipples have been surgically removed.
* The anus and surrounding glandular tissues have been surgically removed.
* No evidence of any blood, despite the severity of the procedures.
* No footprints of any kind leading to or from the animal.
* The animal is often found in the middle of a perfectly created circle.
* The cuts are made so precisely that a surgeon with a full operating room and a steady hand with the laser would have a difficult time matching these field cuts.
* The precision of the cuts and lack of blood rule out predator kills.
Why Are Certain Organs Taken?
While there is no way to know for sure, a good bet is the fact that organ tissue retains things picked up in the environment like minerals, pesticides, etc. If you wanted to check the condition of the animal and what it is being exposed to, these organs would be the place to start.
What about Cults, Pranksters, and Coyotes?
Without a doubt, many so-called mutilations fall under these categories. However, there have been far more of these mutilations than you probably realize. In the urban areas of the major cities in the country, cow news of any kind is no news. In the Midwest, though, it’s a different story. Thousands of cattle have been lost over the years since 1967 in unexplained or strange circumstances. It just didn’t make the big city papers.
Although many of these kills are explainable, about 40 to 50 percent are not, and this group fits the classic pattern of a cattle mutilation. For example, between 1975 and 1977 nearly two thousand cattle were mutilated in twenty-two states. If this had been accomplished by a group of people, individuals would have had to surgically attend to two cows a day for two years, over an area of twenty-two states. This is not likely.
Predator kills are easily identified by experienced ranchers and veterinarians. Most of these kills could not have been done by a wild predator, especially since these kills involved the removal of only select organs.
No Flies, No Coyotes
Investigators report that when a “true” cattle mutilation has occurred, flies will not land on the carcass and coyotes won’t touch it either. The carcass can lie out in the sun for weeks and never be touched by flies or coyotes.
A Strange Harvest
The existence of cattle mutilations was brought to the attention of the public by Linda Moulton Howe. Howe researched and produced a documentary called A Strange Harvest. It was the first work that connected cattle mutilations to UFOs. The documentary won an Emmy Award in 1980. Her work concluded that animal mutilations appear to emanate from two places:
2. Unmarked helicopters and large vans seemingly owned by branches of the U.S. government.
Linda Moulton Howe has continued her research and adds more documentation in her follow-up book An Alien Harvest: Further Evidence Linking Animal Mutilations and Human Abductions to Alien Life Forms.
In her most recent book, Glimpses of Other Realities, Vol. II, Howe tells of discussions she had with military intelligence operatives. They told her that the mutilations were in fact being done by the aliens, who were testing the animals for high levels of toxins that we humans have put into the atmosphere. They also told her that the black helicopters were a ruse to cover up the alien involvement in mutilations. 5. They didn’t want the farmers to panic. It appears to be working, because most farmers when interviewed said they thought it was the government doing some kind of secret testing.
Linda Moulton Howe is a regular contributor and can be heard live on the ‘Coast to Coast’ syndicated radio show hosted by Art Bell and George Noory.