With a number of theories, earthly and un-earthly, having been put forward to answer this phenomenon, why are cattle mutilations still shrouded in mystery?
Bizarre mutilations of cattle have since been reported throughout Northern America and Canada, and other parts of the planet, including Australia.
Lady was a three year old mare who one night did not return to drink on a ranch near Alamosa, Colorado. Two days later the ranch-owner and her son found Lady's body. Her head and neck had been skinned and de-fleshed, and a medicinal odour was smelt. It was noted that cuts to the corpse appeared to be precise and surgical, and no blood was found at the scene.
The U.S. Forest Service was contacted and a ranger appeared and investigated. Almost a month later the media got wind of the story and Lady (re-named Snippy) and her bizarre death were splashed all over newspapers across the United States, and soon similar cases began surfacing and being reported all over the continent.
Natural Deaths, Government Testing.... UFOs?
Sometimes bodies or body parts are found draped over fences or up in trees, and sometimes appear to have been dropped from a height. And, even more bizarrely, scenes are sometimes found with scorch marks in grass similar to "crop circles", and some, like the case of Lady, have been near areas where radio-activity levels are found.
Many scientists attribute the "mutilations" to naturally occurring deaths of livestock, and the end result is usually the behaviour of predators, such as vultures, crows, coyotes, wolves and foxes. It has been proven in experiments that scavengers can replicate the precise cuts and wounds found while tearing at the body, and can be responsible for the removal of organs. However, there are some cases that can't be easily explained away to natural acts by other animals, and the extraordinary amount of blood missing would not be carnivorous predators at play.
The F.B.I. and the A.T.F. (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) both have launched costly investigations into the phenomenon over the years, and have failed to come up with anything concrete in the way of motive or responsible culprit/s. Many have speculated that it may be Satanic cults moving about, performing ritual sacrifices, and there is evidence to support this, there are a small number of cases that appear to be the result of "possible" cult behaviour.
There are also people who suspect the slaughters are the result of Military experimentation, possibly in regards to cattle diseases and their possible effect on humans. Organs are taken for specimens and bodies are left to be found. It has been alleged that trace amounts of medications usually prescribed to humans have shown up in the bodies of slaughtered animals.
Are cattle being tested on with vaccines, anti-depressants and the evidence of such tests being destroyed?
Maybe it was the 'Goat Sucker'?
Whatever is behind these so-called mutilations, it or they have yet to be seen in the act or entering and leaving the scene, eluding eyewitnesses who only see the carnage afterwards.
Could these mutilations be entwined with UFO activity like alien abductions?
Is the Government or Military conducting experiments on cattle?
Or are sick, depraved humans at work for cheap thrills and fame?
A number of theories, earthly and un-earthly, have been put forward to explain this phenomenon, so why are cattle mutilations still shrouded in mystery?
Put together by Ashley Hall 2014