“Mutilated livestock discovered”, in Gunnison County Times by Will Shoemaker, Editor, Thursday, July 26, 2012.
Strange killings similar to incidents dating back to ’60s. Authorities are perplexed after as many as four incidents of apparent livestock mutilations have turned up in Gunnison-area in the last two months, shaking an otherwise quiet ranching community.
The Gunnison County Stockgrowers Association has publicized an award of $500 (plus more money pledged by others) for information about the strange incidents that would lead to a conviction.
Most recently, a horse was discovered early Sunday on the LeValley Ranch — property that is part of the Esty Ranch — located about 8 miles east of Gunnison. The animal’s face was cut off and tongue removed. There was no blood trail present, nor signs of struggle. The animal appears to have been shot, but a bullet was not found. There were knife cuts, not animal teeth mauling.
The recent livestock mutilations are similar in appearance to cases of suspected livestock mutilation throughout southern Colorado, dating back to the 1960s. No physical evidence, no tire tracks, footprints, or bullet holes. There have been several very similar incidents elsewhere in the USA – Wisconsin, Michigan, etc.
Mysterious mutilations of livestock in the San Luis Valley date back to 1967. The strange occurrences returned in the San Luis Valley in 2009. (The San Luis Valley, along Interstate-285, which I drove yesterday, is known for many UFO sightings in the sky. The Valley extends the length of New Mexico and starts in Saguache, Colorado, the headwaters of the Rio Grande.)
The Sheriff’s Office speculates that “there’s ritual things going on but we don’t have anything to substantiate that claim. In other animal mutilation cases, there’s been Satanic rituals performed with animal parts.”