An Early Cattle Mutilation?

By Graham Conway


In 1972 Wendy and Edward Cairns owned 160 acres close to Prince George airport. They raised cattle on this property.

One morning they noticed that a heifer was missing. A short search found the animal dead at the end of the pasture. This situation upset Edward who coveted the heifer as he felt it had good breeding potential. He was also angry in thinking that the neighbour's boys had shot the animal with a .22 rifle he had seen them with, despite the fact close examination revealed no entry wound. Approaching the parents of the boys he was assured they were not responsible for the animal's death.

However some other things puzzled him. The rectum of the heifer had been removed, leaving a gaping one foot hole. No sign of blood, no entrails, no flies, no maggots. Predators didn't even approach the animal. All very strange indeed.

The Cairns didn't report this event to anyone, but simply dug a large hole and buried the carcass. It wasn't until many years later when they saw some colour photographs of, by then, all too frequent cattle mutilations, did they realize that is what very likely took place on their farm.

The names of the couple have been changed and the precise location of the farm omitted to protect their identity.

See also, "Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch."