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Cattle Mutilations: Us or “Them”?

Within the annals of Forteana, there can be little doubt that one of the most mystifying of all puzzles is that relative to cattle-mutilations. As far as the UFO research arena is concerned, the one theory that, more than any other, provokes so much interest is the idea that the mutilations are the work of extraterrestrials engaged in nightmarish, genetic experimentation. But, perhaps, we should be looking down here, rather than to the stars, for the answers…

Following a series of mutilations between 1976 and 1978, Manuel S. Gomez, a rancher from Dulce, New Mexico, who had himself lost a number of cattle, approached the Senator for New Mexico (and former NASA astronaut), Harrison Schmitt, and requested that inquiries be made to determine if some form of investigation could be instigated to settle the problem.

Schmitt duly complied, and on July 10, 1978 wrote to Chief Martin E. Vigil, of the New Mexico State Police, and informed him of the concerns of Gomez, and other ranchers in the area, many of who were also losing livestock to the elusive mutilators.

Aware that Police Officer Gabe Valdez, of Espanola, had investigated a number of such cases, Vigil asked Captain P. Anaya, of the Espanola Police, to forward him copies of all relevant paperwork, which could be made available to the senator.

One report, filed by Valdez in June 1976, stands out as being of profound significance. At 8.00 p.m. on June 13, Valdez was contacted by Manuel Gomez and advised that he had found a three-year-old cow on his ranch that bore all the classic signs of mutilation. Gomez said the cow’s left-ear, tongue, udder and rectum had been removed with what appeared to be a sharp instrument. Yet there was absolutely no blood in the immediate vicinity of the cow, nor were there any footprints in evidence. There were, however, ground-markings that gave every impression some form of aerial object had landed and carried out a grisly attack on the unfortunate animal.

At 5.00 a.m. on the following day, Valdez set off for the Gomez ranch. On arriving, Valdez was confronted by a scene of carnage. The cow was just as Gomez had described: three years old, laying on its right-side, and with vital body-parts having been removed with the utmost precision. That was not all. There were also strange landing-marks. Valdez recorded the details in a two-page report:

“Investigations revealed that a suspected aircraft of some type had landed twice, leaving three pod marks positioned in a triangular shape. The diameter of each pod was 14 inches. Emanating from the two landings were smaller triangular shaped tripods 28 inches and 4 inches in diameter. Investigation at the scene showed that these small tripods had followed the cow for approximately 600 feet. Tracks of the cow showed where she had struggled and fallen. The small tripod tracks were all around the cow. Other evidence showed that grass around the tripods, as they followed the cow, had been scorched. Also a yellow oily substance was located in two places under the small tripods. This substance was submitted to the State Police Lab. The Lab was unable to detect the content of the substance.”

Three days later, Valdez contacted Dr. Howard Burgess, a retired scientist from Sandia Laboratories, and asked him to conduct a radiation-test at the scene. The results were astounding. All around the tripod-marks and in the immediate tracks, the radiation-count was twice that of normal. Valdez came up with an intriguing hypothesis for this: “It is the opinion of this writer that radiation findings are deliberately being left at the scene to confuse investigators.”

Valdez noted in his report that this incident was typical of those he had investigated over the course of a sixteen-month period. “They all carry the same pattern,” he asserted. Perhaps most pertinent, Valdez had been able to determine that, in a number of cases, the animals in question had high doses of atropine in their blood-systems.

“This substance is a tranquilizing drug,” reported Valdez.

What are the chances,  I wonder, of aliens from some far-away galaxy utilizing atropine to sedate cattle before systematically butchering them? Personally, I’d say the chances are practically zero.

In other words, while it is unlikely to satisfy those who so desperately wish to believe that the mutilations are the work of bug-eyed aliens from distant worlds, the presence of atropine in a significant number of the reports coming out of Dulce suggests we may be looking at a definitively home-grown operation – but one that utilizes the alien-motif as a convenient cover – focused on matters relative to biological-warfare and, perhaps, concerns about such worrying, and growing, issues as Creutzfeldt-Jacob-Disease, or Mad-Cow Disease, as it is more commonly known.

Someone, at an official level, it might well be argued, is deeply concerned about emerging viruses in the food-chain, and is secretly sampling cattle across the nation to determine the state of their health. Those engaged in such activities, however, are very happy to have you think the killings and mutilations are the work of aliens. Don’t fall for their ruse.

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Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.
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