Mysterious Deaths of Cattle in Oregon

Mysterious Deaths of Cattle in Oregon

Many who love the outdoor life and the sweet smell of the country with the glistening of the morning sun casting its light upon the world know the joys of working cattle.  This is a beautiful scene for any cowboy or cowgirl who knows of the lifestyle.  However, a dark side has risen, casting a shadow over the joy of the sunlight at the Silvies Valley Ranch in eastern Oregon.  While moving cattle from one range to another, five young bulls were found dead on the ranch.  One or two may be prevalent with time, but these deaths are mysterious and unheard of.  Upon finding the bulls, the ranchers noticed all of the blood was drained, and the exterior and interior body parts of the bulls were gone.

The many miles of land were covered by Colby Marshall, the vice president of the ranch.  He travels with others as he drives down a U.S. Forest Service Road.  Marshall stated, “Then we’ll get out and take a little walk to where one of the bulls was found. And the carcass is still there.”

The reporters and the ranchers examine the bull to find a single raven cawing in the distance, almost as if it were from an Egar Allan Poe poem.  No scavengers, no buzzards, no coyotes, nothing was around other than the raven and the smell of death.  The bull’s coat was still shiny.  With close examination, they find the genitals and tongue were removed surgically along with the internal organs.  Not a drop of blood remained in any of the bulls, which were all found in the same manner.

Marshall told reporters, the bulls were highly valued and worth about $6,000 each and were used for breeding.  But the value does not end with the bulls Marshall says, the calves which would have been born and never to be, and are lost as well.  The cost which is now gone is vast as it goes into the thousands of dollars.  Marshall also stated experienced ranch hands who know the area front and back have a hard time finding the cattle when they come up missing.  It can take them several days, and they travel in pairs and are armed.  He stated, “It’s rugged.  I mean, this is the frontier. If some person, or persons, has the ability to take down a 2,000-pound range bull, you know, it’s not inconceivable that they wouldn’t have a lot of problems dealing with a 180-pound cowboy.”

Harney County Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Jenkins is handling the case, and there have been several invaluable tips from phone calls that are not helpful.  Deputy Jenkins stated, “A lot of people lean toward the aliens.  One caller had told us to look for basically a depression under the carcass. ‘Cause he said that the alien ships will kinda beam the cow up and do whatever they are going to do with it. Then they just drop them from a great height.”  He added, “The cases have been tough, with little evidence and no credible leads.”

Deputy Jenkins stated he has a list only of what the theories are not.  He said it is not wolves, bears, poisonous plants, or cougars.  The animals were not shot either, so it is a strange situation, and the FBI has gotten involved. Still, they are not saying it is, or it is not looking into other cases that resemble this one.  The last known incident happened two years ago near New Princeton, Oregon, which is 200 miles south of Silvies Valley Ranch.

The bodies of the cattle were found in the same state, and there were no tracks anywhere to be located next to the dead cattle.  Everything is dirt and dust, and “everything you do leaves tracks,” the owners of the cattle said.

Back in the 1980s, there were reports of one of the mother cows had their udder surgically removed with what seemed to be a razor cut.  All of the incidents happened in Oregon.  Terry Anderson was the owner of the cow, and he stated, “And not one drop of blood anywhere.  It’s just left a really strange feeling with me since that day. You can’t explain it.  And, you know, no one else has been able to explain it.”

Since the latest incident over this past summer, the Harney County Sheriff’s Office has put a notice for a $25,000 reward for any useful information which could help them solve this case.


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