Something strange is going on in Colorado’s Gunnison County. There has been a mysterious string of livestock mutilations in the farmlands along highways Colorado 50 and Colorado 114.
A few weeks ago, there were reports of ranchers at the LeValley Ranch in Colorado finding a horse shot and skinned. These ranchers were perplexed as they found no evidence of bullets, tracks, or blood at the scene. Another horse was found with its tongue and anus removed. A few months before, prized cows were reported mutilated with their tongues, lips, and anuses removed at a different ranch in the same area. Farmhands also found evidence that these mutilations were done with knives and were not a result of predators.
Esty Ranch owner Mike Clarke tells the Denver Post, “To me it looks like a ritualistic issue. Either that, or they are high on drugs. There is just no logical explanation for it.”
The Gunnison County Stockgrowers Association is scratching their heads over these freak occurrences, and they have offered a $500 reward to anyone with information that leads to a conviction.
This string of livestock mutilations resembles similar unexplained mutilations that happened in the 1960s in the neighboring Saguache County. In the 1967 case, a prize horse named Snippy was skinned with no evidence of blood or tracks at the scene.
In 2009, ranchers in the San Luis Valley in Colorado found four calves with their tongues and udders missing, while their eyes were cored and faces skinned. Again similar to the past occurrences, there were no signs of blood or tracks around the animals. Some of the San Luis Valley ranchers believed this was the work of UFOs.