May 08, 2021 I Nick Redfern

Controversial Claims Concerning Cattle Mutilations

Back in the late 1980s, the FBI declassified into the public domain its files on the matter of what have become known as cattle mutilations. The extremely detailed files revealed how, in the mid-to-late 1970s, the FBI was implicated in a bizarre series of events, in which numerous cattle were found dead under truly shocking and unexplained circumstances and, primarily, in New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and elsewhere. Typically, the carcasses of the poor animals were said to have been drained of blood. And, organs were removed by what seemed to have been instruments of some kind.  Moreover, on repeated occasions, unidentified aerial lights and black and unmarked helicopters were seen in the direct vicinity of the grisly killings. Although the FBI didn't get involved until the 1970s, the mutilations themselves began in 1967. As the Denver Library state of what became known as the Snippy affair: "On September 7, 1967, near the town of Alamosa in the San Luis Valley, Snippy, a 3-year-old Appaloosa, failed to return to the Harry King Ranch where she was stabled. Two days later, Mr. King (the ranch owner) discovered Snippy’s remains roughly a quarter-mile from the ranch house. According to his account, the neck and head had been completely stripped of flesh, leaving nothing but bare, seemingly sun-bleached, white bone, while the remainder of the mare remained unscathed." And, it didn't take long, at all, for rumors to circulate to the effect that aliens were behind the mutilations and the killings of the cattle.

But, why would extraterrestrials be implicated in the animal mutilation mystery? Well, that's an important question. One man claimed he knew the truth of all the grisly activity. He was the late Lieutenant-Colonel Philip J. Corso (who served on President Eisenhower’s National Security Council staff, the Operations Coordination Board, and the U.S. Army Staff’s foreign technology division). Corso made a very controversial claim: "In the Pentagon from 1961 to 1963, I reviewed field reports from local and state police agencies about the discoveries of dead cattle whose carcasses looked as though they had been systematically mutilated. Local police reported that when veterinarians were called to the scene to examine the dead cattle left in fields, they often found evidence not just that the animal’s blood had been drained but that the entire organs were removed with such surgical skill that it couldn’t have been the work of predators or vandals removing the organs for some depraved ritual."

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Philip James Corso

Corso continued that the first thought on the part of the U.S. military was that this was the work of the Russians. However, he added, "[I]t wasn’t the Soviets who were going after our cattle. It was the EBE’s [Author’s note: EBE is an abbreviation of Extra-terrestrial Biological Entity – a term allegedly used within U.S. Intelligence circles to describe alien beings] who were experimenting with organ harvesting, possibly for transplant into other species or for processing into some sort of nutrient package or even to create some sort of hybrid biological entity." If you think this sounds like some kind of low-budget horror-movie, well, you wouldn't be too far away from the truth. The fact is, there is not a single bit of undeniable evidence to demonstrate that state police in the United States were concerned by cattle mutilations as far back as the 1961-1963 period. It was in the late 1980s when I made my first Freedom of Information Act request to the FBI for their extensive mutilation files. Yes, the files show that something very strange was going on. No-one disputes that. But, none of those files referenced events in the 1961- to 1963 period. There's something else, too: when I read Corso's book,  The Day After Roswell, I fired off FOIA requests to numerous state police agencies. Some sent me copies of some of the material the FBI had already on record. But, that was it. And, no-one knew anything about Corso's nightmarish claims. Apart from, it seems, Corso himself.

The fact is, Corso's cattle mutilation story (told in his 1997 book) has nothing at all to support it. Zero! His story of "...organ harvesting, possibly for transplant into other species or for processing into some sort of nutrient package or even to create some sort of hybrid biological entity," is garbage mixed with bad sci-fi. Nothing like this has ever surfaced in any kind of official government, FBI or police file. Apart from the ones that Corso claimed to have seen. Now, some might say that the government hid the files after Corso read them. Or, they were destroyed. Not impossible, but, if that's the case, then why not destroy all the FBI's files, too? Don't forget: the FBI did a great job of sharing all their cattle mutilation files with the public. They're all available at the FBI's website, The Vault. Yet, the ones Corso claimed to have read are conveniently gone. Or, far more likely, they never existed in the first place. I challenge anyone to find any official files on cattle mutilations from the early years of the 1960s in the United States. As for that matter of "hybrid" issues, and the "transplant into other species," once again, there's no evidence for this anywhere. Corso told a good yarn in The Day After Roswell. But, that was all he did.

Nick Redfern

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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