Dec 21, 2021 I Nick Redfern

When, Why and How did U.S. Government Agencies Take Notice of Cattle Mutilations?

It’s most intriguing to note that in the United States the black helicopter phenomenon began in 1973 – the very same year in which the U.K. was also hit by a wave of helicopter-based incidents, and that prompted the British Police Force’s Special Branch to launch an investigation. In the U.S., things started in the Hawkeye State: Iowa. For the first three months of the year, outraged farmers contacted local law enforcement officers with strange and unsettling stories: they would wake up in the morning, head to their fields and find several of their cattle dead. These were no normal deaths though. The genitals were gone, as were the eyeballs. Skin appeared to have been opened with the use of some kind of device employing incredible temperatures; maybe even a laser-based device. Organs were not savagely torn out – as they might have been if coyotes were the culprits. Instead, they were carefully cut out. Under cover of darkness, an unstoppable force was causing mayhem throughout the rural parts of Iowa. It wasn’t long before those same ranchers had something else to deal with. You have probably already guessed what that was. That’s right: black and unmarked helicopters.

But, were the pilots of the craft performing the mutilations? Or, were they monitoring the activities of the mutilators, who may not even have been human? These were the questions being asked seriously – and particularly so after sunset, when farmers wondered and dreaded what they might find when a new day dawned. Even local law enforcement were open to the idea that something from another realm of existence just might have been behind the mutilation wave. When the Iowa cases were at their height, local police authorities called in the FBI. Despite the large amount of testimony, photographs, necropsy reports, and extensive police files, the FBI stayed curiously out of the controversy. They maintained that since the events didn’t amount to "interstate transportation of the maimed animals," they were powerless to get involved. The FBI, then, didn’t deny the reality of the grisly killings, but kept their distance because of bureaucratic reasons.

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(Nick Redfern) Where there were cattle mutilations there were black helicopters

When, in the fall of 1974, Nebraska was next on the hit-list, Senator Carl T. Curtis, who served in the U.S. Senate from 1955 to 1979, wanted answers – and he wanted those answers quickly. Such was Curtis’ level of concern, he went right to the Director of the FBI, Clarence M. Kelley, who, in 1973, took on the position of Director after the death of J. Edgar Hoover. Once again, though, the FBI took the stance that this was an area outside of their jurisdiction. Rumors abounded that the FBI had been warned to keep away from the subject. But, who would have the power and influence to ensure the FBI would stay away? It was a notable question. By 1975, things had gotten to the point where the FBI could not ignore what was going on – and in not just Iowa and Nebraska. Exasperated by a wave of mutes in his state of Colorado in seventy-five, Senator Floyd K. Haskell sent the following letter to FBI Director Kelley: "For several months my office has been receiving reports of cattle mutilations throughout Colorado and other western states. At least 130 cases in Colorado alone have been reported to local officials and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI); the CBI has verified that the incidents have occurred for the last two years in nine states. The ranchers and rural residents of Colorado are concerned and frightened by these incidents. The bizarre mutilations are frightening in themselves: in virtually all the cases, the left ear, rectum and sex organ of each animal has been cut away and the blood drained from the carcass, but with no traces of blood left on the ground and no footprints."

(Nick Redfern) Surveillance of the strange kind (over my old home and super-low)

If one hundred and thirty-plus incidents were not nearly enough to get the FBI involved, there was the matter of the black helicopters, which had also caught the attention of Senator Haskell. He added to Director Kelley: "In Colorado’s Morgan County area there has also been reports that a helicopter was used by those who mutilated the carcasses of the cattle, and several persons have reported being chased by a similar helicopter [italics mine]. Because I am gravely concerned by this situation, I am asking that the Federal Bureau of Investigation enter the case."  The senator signed off: "Although the CBI has been investigating the incidents, and local officials also have been involved, the lack of a central unified direction has frustrated the investigation. It seems to have progressed little, except for the recognition at long last that the incidents must be taken seriously. Now it appears that ranchers are arming themselves to protect their livestock, as well as their families and themselves, because they are frustrated by the unsuccessful investigation. Clearly something must be done before someone gets hurt."

Since then, various others agencies and bodies- not only the FBI - have got involved. The list includes the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Atomic Energy. The mystery of the cattle mutilations still continues. The same goes for those strange helicopters, too.

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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