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Bizarre Bull Deaths in Oregon
News Bytes 10/3/2019 12 Comments

In eastern Oregon, Hereford bulls are dying. Five have been found within 1.5 miles of each other on the Silvies Valley Ranch. The animals are missing organs and blood, yet there are no tracks nearby. Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Jenkins is asking the public for clues as to what, or who, might be killing cattle.

Theories about the mysterious carcasses range from flesh-eating bugs to revenge-seeking people. One person suggested that Jenkins look for craters underneath the carcasses. The person said craters would be evidence the bulls had been levitated into a spaceship, mutilated, and then dropped back to the ground. Huh?

Some of the damage on the Oregon bulls is clearly due to God-created natural causes. Experts say an animal carcass bloats; the skin dries out and splits. Those tears often appear as purposeful cuts.

If people killed the bulls, one motive could be to financially harm the 140,000-acre ranch. Dave Bohnert of Oregon State University says breeding bulls cost thousands of dollars each, and the 100-plus calves each of them might sire are worth much more.

The Silvies Valley bulls were found over several days in July. But Jenkins still has no reliable leads. Now the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of those responsible. The ranch is offering $25,000.

Silvies Valley Ranch Vice President Colby Marshall doubts the killings are an attack on the ranch. But he does believe someone is going to a lot of trouble to get bull parts.

“To lose a completely healthy animal would be an oddity,” says Marshall. “To lose five young, very healthy, in great shape, perfect bulls that are all basically the same age . . . that is so outside the bounds of normal activity.”

(A cow peers from safe behind a fence. Some of its cattle cousins aren't so blessed. AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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Ok, this is bizarre to the

Ok, this is bizarre to the point of being creepy. I wonder what-or who- in the world is killing those cows?

@ Nadia A.

I know, so scary! "shiver" Also, is it ok if I still call you Nadia A.? That's just what I'm used to typing.


Perhaps they are being killed by food poisoning? If they escaped, then died, then wolves found them, then vampire bats! Perhaps they died, then scientists took organs and blood for tests? I guess only God knows!

Some people are crazy.

I just have to wonder where on earth that guy got the spaceship idea. That is insane, honestly. I guess he has an overactive imagination.


Isn't there supposed to be a new article today other than this one?

@ Lilias P

I don't think so. Have you gotten the print magazine yet? I have not


I didn't get my print magazine either, and when I contacted them they said they didn't have any more.


This makes me very curious and makes me wonder what happened to animals.

The cows...

Maybe a person who wants to run that ranch out of business?

@Lilias P

If scientets took the oragans they would tell the owner.

This is weird and creepy!

This is weird and creepy! That person that said something about aliens? That sounds suspicious...

Jackson P

Aliens are Not killing the cows they arn't real! ; )

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