On May 3, 1997 at approximately 11:30 PM, a NIDS investigator was contacted regarding a report of an alleged mutilated bull at Arroyo Seco, New Mexico near Taos. The NIDS investigator met the rancher on the morning of May 4.
According to the rancher, he last saw the 11 month old bull, a Hereford/Charolais cross, alive on Wednesday, April 30,1997. He discovered the bull dead on the morning of May 1, 1997 and did not report it until Saturday, May 3. The animal was found in a 4 acre lot adjacent to other acreage which the owners use for pasture. The area where the animal was found is a populated ranching area.
The rancher explained that he had home bred the young bull and had raised it from birth. The 115 head of cattle are a residential herd which have been bred for over 3 generations on the same ranch. He also stated that his cattle are moved to Tierra Amarilla, NM during the summer. The rancher informed the NIDS investigator that he never treats with insecticides and that the only care the animal received was a 7-way vaccine, which includes protection against blackleg, when he was 3 months old. Therefore, insecticides and blackleg were provisionally eliminated as causes of death for this animal.
The rancher stated that he had not seen or heard any aircraft flying in the area around the estimated time of death of the bull. However, other witnesses testified that they had seen a green light flying in the area on the night of the bull's death.
When the rancher first found the bull on May 1, 1997 he noticed a hole in the rear of the bull and did not examine it any further, thinking that it had died from bloat. Later the following day, the rancher's son noticed a quarter sized hole on the right side of the animal's neck.
Examination of the area surrounding the bull:
Investigation indicated that something had caused turbulence in the area near the dead animal as cow chips and other debris were overturned. It appeared that some type of heavy mechanical object had made indentations 150 feet south of where the bull was found. The absence of other tracks further away led to the hypothesis that the object had been airborne and had landed near the animal. Tracks resembling gouge marks, sometimes containing "V" shaped indentations, proceeded to where the carcass lay. These gouge marks appeared to emanate from the object to the animal and then returned to the object. The gouge marks were 5-6" deep in some places and appeared to have uprooted the grass. The NIDS investigator had seen similar ground markings near a mutilation in Dulce, New Mexico on April 24, 1978. The animal in that case was also an 11 month old Hereford/Charolais cross.
Examination of the animal:
The young bull, weighing approximately 400 pounds, was lying on its left side facing North at the corner of a 4 acre pasture near the fence. The tongue was missing; it had been cut out by the root. This was confirmed by cutting into the back of the mouth. The right eye was missing and a quarter sized hole on the right side of the neck was seen, which appeared by visible inspection to contain smooth edges. The margins were consistent with having been cut with a sharp object. The penis and the testicles were removed through the rear of the animal and the scrotum was intact. The anus was missing, but appeared to have been damaged by scavengers.
The NIDS investigator then skinned the area on the neck around the 1" diameter hole and noticed a cavity in the underlying tissue of about 5" in diameter. There was charring on the margins of the hole, the flesh appeared blackened, suggestive of it having being burnt. In addition, a yellow powdery substance could be seen in the hole and surrounding it.
The bull was rolled over onto its right side and after completely skinning the left side of the animal severe hemorrhaging was found on the back and on the left front leg. The hemorrhaging was similar to two other cases investigated by NIDS in New Mexico: Red River on February 22, 1997 and the Arroyo Hondo, on April 17, 1997. In addition, more of the yellow powdery substance, which the investigator sampled, was found near the scrotum area. Due to the extent of the decomposition no tissue samples were taken.
The 5" diameter hole in the neck, although not seen before in cases investigated in New Mexico, was seen by a Colorado sheriff who informed the NIDS investigator that it had been discovered in animal mutilations in Trinidad, CO. Yellow powdery substance of similar appearance had also been seen by the same sheriff in Colorado.
This preliminary report will be updated as more information becomes available.
[CNI News comments: Certain elements of this detailed report suggest the possibility that unknown perpetrators arrived and departed via helicopter. The extent of internal damage to the animal also seems somewhat excessive for a classic anomalous "surgical" mutilation, though in many respects this case has the expected classic features.
The appearance of yellow powder also calls to mind a very different case: that of elderly Israeli "abductee" Yuri Isaacov, whose health may have been damaged by a yellow powder deposited on his head and upper body during an alleged abduction in the autumn of 1996. Though Isaacov's claims have been questioned (see CNI News vol. 3, no. 3 of April 16, 1997), the yellow powder was analyzed by a reputable Israeli laboratory, and its origin was not immediately apparent.]
Original file name: CNI - NIDS Mute Report
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