Oregon, Not a drop of blood: livestock mysteriously mutilated

Oregon, In the early morning, hoof dust creates a fog at Silvies Valley Ranch in eastern Oregon. Cowboys whistle and talk quietly to their anxious dogs on pasture. They move cattle from one vast expanse of sage to another.

Oregon, Not a drop of blood: livestock mysteriously mutilated
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Five young pure-bred bulls died mysteriously at the ranch last summer, without blood and with precisely drawn body parts.

Ranch Vice President Colby Marshall drives his truck on a US Forest Service highway. UU.
“Then we’ll go out and take a short walk to where one of the bulls was found, and the body is still there,” Marshall said.

Reaching one of the dead bulls is a scary scene. The forest is warm and motionless, except for the repeated screams of a raven. The bull looks like a giant stuffed animal and deflated. It smells strange, there are no signs of hawks, coyotes or other scavengers. His red coat is as bright as if he was going to the fair, but he has no blood and his tongue and genitals have been surgically cut.

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Marshall says that these young cattle reached their peak value as breeding bulls. The animals are worth about $ 6,000 each. And because they are breeding bulls, hundreds of thousands of dollars are also lost in future calves.

The discovery of these young Herefords in this remote country can sometimes lead to experienced cowboys on the ranch. The ranch staff are now required to travel in pairs and are encouraged to carry weapons.

“It’s difficult,” says Marshall. “I mean, it’s the border.” If a person or people have the opportunity to slaughter a bull of 2,000 pounds, you know, it’s not inconceivable that they would not have much difficulty in a deal with a 180-pound cowboy. “