Animal Mutilations

Texas Animal Mutilation Cases

As evidenced by the 1975 newspaper article below, Texas has had a long history of unexplained animal mutilations. Although there had been a reported cattle mutilation in Paris, Texas, in 1970, this article states that the first “confirmed” case of cattle mutilation in Texas occurred in November 1974 on a ranch near Justin, about 20 miles north of Fort Worth, where a single cow was killed. That was followed by a mutilated bull found near Breckenridge, Texas, during the first week of January 1975.


El Paso Herald-Post 2-8-75 Page 8

Since the early 1970s, hundreds, possibly thousands, of unexplained cattle mutilations have occurred throughout the Lone Star state. So many cases have been reported that an exact number is hard to determine, and compiling a list of all reported cases would require volumes. As of the year 2000, more than 10,000 mutilation cases had been reported from all 50 states, and researchers estimated that up to 80 percent of cases never get reported by the ranchers in order to avoid publicity.

Below is a very selective list of the major cattle mutilation cases chosen for study by one research group. This is just a small cross-section (mostly from the 1970s) of the total number of Texas cases reported:

  • April 1970 – Paris, Texas – Reported encounter with humanoid beings and a cattle mutilation. Map of area: SOURCE: A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies by George M. Eberhart, George M., Greenwood Press, Westport, 1980
  • November 1974 – Justin, Texas – Cow mutilated. Udder removed. Map:
  • 13 Nov 1974 – Olney, Texas – Cattle mutilation. Map:
  • 1975 – Copperas Cove, Texas – Cattle mutilation and UFO nocturnal light (nocturnal light) Map:
  • December 1974 – Jones County, Texas – Cattle mutilation. Map:
  • 1975 – Matagorda, Texas – Cattle mutilation. Map:
  • January 1975 – Brownwood, Texas – Cattle mutilation. Map:
  • 7 Jan 1975 – Brackenridge, Texas – Bull mutilated sexual organs removed. Map:
  • 7 Jan 1975 – Sulphur Springs, Texas – Black cow mutilated sexual organs, udder removed. Blood drained. Map:
  • February 1975 – Kaufman, Texas – Cattle mutilation. Map:
  • February 1975 – La Salle, Texas – County Cattle mutilation. Map:
  • 7 Feb 1975 – Pearsall, Texas – Cow mutilated. Tongue and udder removed. Map:
  • 20 Feb 1975 – Copperas Cove, Texas – Cattle mutilation. Both ears eyes removed. Sexual organs removed. Blood drained. Map:
  • 20 Feb 1975 – Hondo, Texas – Cow mutilated. Tongue, sexual organs, tail, udder removed. Surgical incisions. Map:
  • 23 Feb 1975 – Hondo, Texas – Cow mutilated. Udder removed. Surgical incisions. Map:
  • 26 Feb 1975 – Leming, Texas – Cow mutilation. Tongue, sexual organs, udder removed. Surgical incisions. Map:
  • 27 Feb 1975 – Harris County, Texas – Cow and second animal mutilated. Both eyes, tongue removed from first animal, sexual organs removed from second animal. Map:
  • March 1975 – Big Spring, Texas – Cattle mutilation. Map:
  • 28 Feb 1975 – Pearland, Texas – Cow steer and pony mutilated. Tongues and sexual organs removed from all three. Cow’s udder removed. Map:
  • 1 Mar 1975 – Harris County – Adult Angus cow and calf mutilated. Blood drained. Both eyes, tongues, and sexual organs removed from both animals. Map:
  • 10 Mar 1975 – Whiteface, Texas: In an area where UFOs had been reported for weeks in early 1975, police found a mutilated young calf that rancher Darwood Marshall had found lying within a 30-feet circle of flattened crops. The animal’s neck was grotesquely twisted so that it pointed toward the sky, its tongue had been violently removed and its sexual organs were missing as well. Marshall said the animal’s navel had been “cored out.” A few days prior to this, Marshall had discovered a mutilated steer lying in a circle of scorched wheat. Sheriff Richards tested the site for radiation, got a positive reading, and enlisted the help of experts at Reese Air Force Base. Their tests revealed that radiation at the site was only slightly higher than normal. SOURCE: Map:
  • November 1975 – Mission, Texas – Cattle mutilation. Map:
  • 10 Dec 1975 – Seguin, Texas – PSI incident. Calf mutilation. Mutilated calf found on local ranch. Silent copters reported on about same date. More than one helicopter-like was observed by six experienced witnesses in a pasture for over three minutes. No sound was heard. Map:
  • 1 Jan 1977 – Harris County, Texas – Cattle mutilations and panther tracks. Map:
  • April 1978 – Laredo, Texas – Cattle mutilation. Map:
  • June 1978 – Deaf Smith County, Texas – Cattle mutilation. Map:
  • Early June 1978 – Hereford, Texas – Cattle mutilation. Steer found dead pasture. Tongue, sexual organs removed, round puncture anus. UFO reports area. Map:
  • 7 Jul 1978 – Hereford, Texas – Dead steer discovered inspected by deputy sheriff. “Animal died of blackleg but incisions were inflicted after death.” Map:
  • 7 Jul 2009 – Alvin, Texas – Cat mutilation. Owner said, “I would not think any further than it being a wild animal attack, but with no bite marks and the ear was cleanly severed from his head. I have reported several sightings including the circular object that was in our neighborhood and followed my car down the street, so I suspect that this may not be so simple a death.” Map:

Many people consider a study of animal mutilations to be a rather “fringe” activity. However, recently declassified FBI files indicate that the federal government has had a deep interest in the subject since the 1970s. Among the articles and notes contained in the FBI releases was this eye-opening report from 1995:

FBI Joins Investigation of Animal Mutilations Linked to UFOs
by William Barnhill, Bob Pratt, Bob & David Wright

The FBI has joined in the investigation of the bizarre mutilation of thousands of grazing horses and cattle over an 18-state area [including Texas] – attacks which have been linked to UFO’s. Disclosure of the FBI role was made at a recent conference of officials from seven states where the attacks have reached an alarming level. Sen. Harrison Schmitt (R.-N. Mex.), the ex-astronaut and scientist who organised the conference, declared: “Either we’ve got a UFO situation or we’ve got a massive, massive conspiracy which is enormously well funded.”


Article Included in FBI File on Animal Mutilations

At least 8,000 cattle and horses have been butchered with surgical precision over an estimated 1.28 million square mile area stretching from Tennessee to Oregon since the mutilations began around 1970. The 1.28 million square miles is more than a third of the total land area in the continental United States. In many cases the attacks have coincided with UFO sightings. Baffled investigators say the strange pattern of the mutilation includes these startling facts:

  • No tire marks, footprints or other signs of human activity are found near the mutilated carcasses.
  • Only the blood and certain parts of the animals — usually the reproductive organs — are removed.
  • Trace elements found on and in some carcasses are the same as those collected after a UFO sighting in New Mexico
  • Buzzards and coyotes refuse to eat the mutilated horses and cattle

Sen. Schmitt, who received a Ph.D. in geology from Harvard University and was a member of the Apollo 17 moon-landing crew, said state and local law enforcement officials have been unable to come up with leads on their own and FBI help is needed. “To date, the mutilations have been as mysterious as they’re been grisly,” he said.

“Any place we’ve had a mutilation, we’ve also had UFO sightings,” reported Gabe Valdez, a veteran New Mexico state trooper who has investigated more than 30 attacks.

Dr. Henry Monteith, an engineering physicist at Sandia Laboratories which handles secret government projects, revealed that Indians are so terrified by the mutilations, they bury the carcasses immediately and are reluctant to discuss what happened. Even their dogs refuse to go near the carcasses. Dr Monteith, who has been investigating the attacks since they began, said Indians have told him of actually seeing spaceships land and unload “star people” who chase down animals and take them back to the spaceship. “There have been thousands of these mutilations nobody knows about. The Indians are usually frightened to death.” he said.”They don’t say anything about it because they know it’s being done by ‘star people’, they know why they’re doing it, so therefore we should leave it alone. Those are their exact words… The ‘star people’ know what they’re doing and should be trusted.” Dr. Monteith said he has no doubt that aliens from outer space are responsible for the attacks and are using the animals bodies as part of the study of life on earth.

Many other investigators — police, scientists and UFO researchers — agree that UFOs are the only possible explanation. Suid Richard Sigismund, a Boulder, Colo., psychologist and UFO researcher: “What few clues we have concerning those responsible for the mutilations suggest that we are dealing with well-equipped, highly capable airborne entities… We are forced, I feel, to the hypothesis that unidentified aircraft are the means — UFOs.”

Characteristics of Mutilations

In most cases mutilation wounds appear to be clean, and carried out surgically. Mutilated animals are usually, though not always reported to have been drained of blood, and have no sign of blood in the immediate area or around their wounds.

George E. Onet, a doctor of veterinary microbiology and cattle mutilation investigator claims that allegedly mutilated cattle are avoided by large scavengers “such as coyotes, wolves, foxes, dogs, skunks, badgers, and bobcats” for several days after its death. Similarly, domestic animals are also reported to be “visibly agitated” and “fearful” of the carcass.

In FBI records from 1975, mutilations of the eye occurred in 14 percent of cases, mutilation of the tongue in 33 percent of cases, mutilation of the genitals in 74 percent of cases, and mutilation of the rectum in 48 percent of cases. According to a later survey taken by the National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS), mutilation of the eye occurred in 59 percent of cases, mutilation of the tongue in 42 percent of cases, the genitals in 85 percent of cases, and the rectum in 76 percent of cases.

According to Dr. Howard Burgess, nearly 90 percent of mutilated cattle are between four and five years old.

Some mutilations are said to occur in very brief periods. A 2002 NIDS report relates a 1997 case from Utah. Two ranchers tagged a specific calf, then continued tagging other animals in the same pasture. The ranchers were, at the most, about 300 yards from the calf. Less than an hour later, the first calf was discovered completely eviscerated—most muscle and all internal organs were missing. There was no blood, entrails, or apparent disturbance at the scene. Independent analysts both uncovered marks on the calf’s remains consistent with two different types of tools: a large, machete-type blade, and smaller, more delicate scissors.

The absence of tracks or footprints around the site of the mutilated carcass is often considered a hallmark of cattle mutilation. However, in some cases, strange marks or imprints near the site have been found. In the famous “Snippy” case, there was an absolute absence of tracks in a 100 ft radius of the carcass (even the horse’s own tracks disappeared within 100 ft of the body.) But within this radius several small holes were found seemingly “punched” in the ground and two bushes were absolutely flattened. In Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, June 1976, a “trail of suction cup-like impressions” were found leading from a mutilated three-year-old cow. The indentations were in a tripod form, 4 inches in diameter, 28 inches apart, and disappeared 500 feet from the dead cow. Similar incidents were reported in the area in 1978.

Although the exact nature of mutilations varies from case to case, a typical mutilation may involve any or all of the following:

  • The removal of eyes, udders and sexual organs very cleanly with surgical precision.
  • The removal of the anus to a depth of around 12 inches similar in appearance to surgical coring.
  • The removal of the lips and/or tongue deeply cut out from the throat.
  • The removal of one ear.
  • The removal of major organs (such as heart or liver) with no obvious entry/excision marks. Often, if the heart is missing, apart from no excision wound, the Pericardium will still be present and intact, with the heart missing.
  • The stripping of hide and flesh from the jaw and the area directly beneath the ear to the bone.
  • The removal of soft organs from the lower body.
  • The presence of incisions and cuts across the body that appear to have been made by a surgical instrument.
  • Unexplained damage to remaining organs, but no sign of damage to the surrounding area.
  • A lack of predation signs (including teethmarks, tearing of the skin or flesh, or animal footprints) on or around the carcass.
  • Lack of obvious scavenging.
  • In many cases, a draining of the majority of blood from the animal. What blood is left exhibits color anomalies and may not coagulate for days.
  • The animal will appear ‘dumped’ or dropped in a secluded area, with no animal, human or vehicle track(s) leading to or from the site. Some have been found draped over fences or in treetops.
  • The ground under the animal appears depressed, as if the animal was dropped on the site from a height leaving an impact crater.
  • The animal’s bones found to be fractured with injuries consistent with being dropped.
  • Strange marks/holes in the ground around the carcass.
  • Other cattle avoid the carcass and the area where it’s found.
  • Eyewitness reports of aerial objects in the vicinity of cattle at the time of an animal going missing.