by Robert Hastings
Over the last four decades, thousands of gruesomely mutilated cattle have been found throughout the United States. Most of these still-unexplained incidents occurred—and continue to occur—in the Rocky Mountain states, primarily New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. However, the overall distribution of cases has been widespread, with cattle or other livestock mutilations being reported in most of the 48 contiguous states.
Numerous theories have been advanced to account for these bizarre incidents, including Satanic cult rites, secret government experiments, and the sampling by space aliens of residual radiation or environmental toxins. Not surprisingly, skeptics have dismissed the mutilations as ordinary predator kills, despite ample evidence to the contrary.
While uninformed speculation about this grisly phenomenon runs rife, a handful of researchers, law enforcement officers and livestock inspectors have methodically investigated hundreds of mutilation cases and collected a wealth of forensic data. Although the physical evidence found at the “crime scene” varies from case to case, common mutilation traits include the surgically-precise removal of the animal’s facial hide and flesh, usually only on one side, as well as the removal of one eyeball and the tongue. Udders and genitalia are almost always excised and, in virtually every case, the rectal area has been cored-out in a near-perfect circle, and the tissue removed. The resulting cylinder-shaped cavity extends several inches into the body.
Significantly, in many mutilation cases, ranchers report seeing unusual aerial lights maneuvering over their property, most often on the night prior to the discovery of the dead animal. These move erratically and sometimes hover, and are usually described as appearing much different than aircraft lights, being far brighter and more diffuse. Most of the time, they are accompanied by no discernable noise but, in some instances, helicopter-like sounds are heard.
In other cases, ranchers report observing black, unmarked helicopters flying low during daylight—as if searching for something—only hours after the mutilated animal is found. In still other cases, sightings are reported of mysterious helicopters and UFOs.
Mystery at Malmstrom
During the summer and fall of 1975, several dozen mutilated cattle were found within the nuclear missile field surrounding Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana—some of them quite near various Minuteman missile launch facilities. In 2004, the retired commander of Malmstrom’s helicopter unit during the mid-1970s, Lt. Col. Robert Peisher, told me that he had once met with Cascade County Sheriff Keith Wolverton to compare notes on UFO sightings and cattle kills occurring near the base’s ICBM sites.
“I had a map with all the missile launch facilities,” said Peisher, “and he had a map of the unknown sightings and cattle mutilations. Most of the mutilation sites marked on his map were located within the missile [field] complex.” According to Peisher, over 80 UFO sightings and mutilation sites fell within those boundaries, many of them quite near the missile sites themselves.
In 1993, I interviewed a Cascade County ranching couple—they’ve requested anonymity—who told me they had once discovered a mutilated cow sprawled inside the 10-foot-high security fence surrounding the Minuteman launch facility located on their property. Someone had apparently air-dropped the carcass nearly on top of the heavy steel and concrete lid covering the underground missile silo! Was the animal perhaps a morbid calling card? If so, who had placed it there, and what would such an act signify?
F.E. Warren AFB
Between 1975 and 1977, mutilated cattle were also discovered within F.E. Warren AFB’s missile field, located northeast of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and extending into the adjoining states of Colorado and Nebraska. One former USAF missile squadron commander stationed there during that era, retired Lt. Col. Philip Moore, told me, “There was a rash of cattle mutilations in northeastern Colorado—in the midst of the 321st Strategic Missile Squadron’s missile field—during the first few years I was at F.E. Warren, in the early to mid ‘70s. The news accounts made many of them sound mysterious. I was the Commander of that squadron in the late ‘70s and by then the mutilations had stopped. As far as I know, they stayed mysterious and were never solved.”
These incidents, and others in the region, had been widely covered by the local and, occasionally, national media. One article by Bob Pratt, published by the MUFON UFO Journal, reported that in Colorado’s Logan County alone, 77 mutilations were found between August 1975 and August 1977. Nearly half of the county falls within F.E. Warren’s huge missile field. Pratt wrote in part:
“Logan County had a fairly heavy toll, with mysterious lights in the sky—dubbed ‘Big Mama and the baby UFOs’—often being reported. ‘There is a very definite connection between the lights and the mutilations because each time we’ve had the mutilations the lights have been seen,’ Harry L. ‘Tex’ Graves, then sheriff of Logan County, told me in an interview in his office in Sterling.
“Big Mama ‘looked like a huge brilliant star that would sit in one spot in the sky for 10 minutes to an hour-and-a-half and then suddenly disappear at great speed. Sometimes small lights would appear to drop out of Big Mama and then shoot off horizontally and disappear in several seconds. Sometimes, after the little ones drop down, you can look down [toward] the ground and see one, two, three little ones down around there. When the little ones get done with whatever they’re doing, then they join up with the big one and they disappear.’
“Graves said the object definitely moved across the sky, sometimes hanging motionless for awhile and then moving away very rapidly...Deputy Bob Stone described Big Mama as ‘a big, huge white light. Through the telescope, it looks just like a huge circle...’”
F.E. Warren, 20 Years Later
In 2002, I interviewed an ex-USAF source, “John Blake” who asked me not to reveal his real name. In the 1990s, Blake had been a Minuteman missile launch commander at F.E. Warren AFB. He told me,
“I was assigned to the 319th Missile Squadron at F.E. Warren and pulled over 100 [launch capsule] alerts from 1993-1997. We had [incidents when UFOs were sighted near launch facilities.] In the second incident, my friend related to me that they had come across mutilated cattle close-by this same LF on another night. There were no blood spatters or signs of distress, but the tongue and internal organs, I think he said, were missing.”
Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota
In August 2013, former USAF Security Policeman Jeff Elder told me, “I worked missile security at Grand Forks from March 1993 to August 1994 and I never saw or even heard of UFOs during my time there.
“The only thing strange out there was what my supervisors said were ‘Devil worshippers.’ I was new and I thought they were just putting me on with horror stories so, on our way out to the missile field one day, they stopped the truck by a small plain white building that was sitting out in the middle of nowhere, told me to get out and take a look at the tree stump that was about 40 yards from the building.
“It was a big tree stump about four or five feet in diameter, and there was all kinds of crap on it like dried blood and guts, candle wax, and various pieces of trinkets of some sort. So I kinda believed them at that point and got back in the truck and said ‘well that was really nasty, thank you very much. How did you guys know that was out here?’
“They said the white building was a church for devil worshippers. I don’t know how they would know that because there were absolutely no signs or markings on the building and no windows. By design, it did kind of look like a church building you would see out in the country though, and it was very well kept, not run down at all.
“I didn’t hear much about ‘Devil worshippers’ again until sometime later when I responded to an alarm at a missile site. The snow on the site was totally undisturbed and, after I did my interior check and found nothing, I closed the gate and did my perimeter check.
“Halfway around I saw a large dead cow laying outside the fence line. Its guts were cut out under the belly and the butt was reamed out too. I wasn’t sure if it had anything to do with setting-off the alarm since there were no tracks in the snow at all.
“I called it in to the [Flight Security Controller] and asked them if they might want to have [Wing Security Control] contact the farmer to let him know there’s a dead cow out in the field. They asked if the cow was inside the 25-foot zone—federal property extends about 25 feet from the fence line—and I said no, I think it’s just outside that zone. So they told me to just ignore it and finish my check.
“Later when I got back to the [Launch Control Facility], I told my supervisor about it and he just said ‘Yeah, that’s them damn Devil worshippers again.’ I was still baffled by it because I couldn’t see how that cow could have gotten out that far in the middle of winter. That cow was miles away from where it should have been. It was freezing cold out there and there was nothing to graze on, so that cow should have either froze to death or starved to death long before it made it out that far. Why the hell anybody would go to all the trouble of gutting a cow way out there is beyond me, and I still don’t know how they could have done it without leaving tracks of some sort.”
My opinion is that the Devil worshipers story was a ruse created by command-level personnel, designed to explain the mutilated cattle phenomenon to baffled Security Policemen who might stumble across one while on patrol.
I suspect that the tree stump shown to Elder—with the blood, trinkets and so on laying on it—was covertly prepared by higher-ups to reinforce the Satanic cult scenario, so that any UFO sightings in the Grand Forks missile field would not automatically be linked to the slaughtered animals.
Regardless, it seems that incidents involving mutilated cattle in America’s missile fields are part of the UFO-Nukes link, extending over decades and a wide geographical area.
Of course, many such incidents—the vast majority in fact—have occurred in regions having no connection with ICBMs.
But the cases cited here are nevertheless noteworthy and certainly entwined with the larger mystery of UFO incursions at nuclear weapon deployment sites.