This article was published in the daily newspaper The Dispatch, of Eatonville, Washington, USA, August 13, 1980. The author is P. Gutilla.
Cow surgically mutilated near Eatonville
Sherif's investigation can't explain the eerie incident of a surgically mutilated cow found Aug. 6 at the Kreger Lake Farms, inc. in King Fiander Road near Eatonville.
Farmhand Lonnie Cisco said the cow, a 6-month-old heifer-Angus cross, was found approximately one-fourth mile from the main house of the 800-acre farm. He said the cow was last seen alive between 3 and 4 p.m. Sunday and was found on an open area at about 4 p.m. Wednesday. Cisco said the Sheriff's investigators had been to the farm and told whom whoever removed the sex organs of the cow, did so surgically. No blood was found at the scene, Cisco said.
"They knew what they were doing," Cisco said of the surgically perfect mutilation.
Cisco said the strange thing about the incident is that the cow had been dead for several days and had not been eaten by coyotes. "We have lots of coyotes around here," Cisco said, "and it's very strange they never came around."
This incident is just one of many surgical mutilations in the Eatonville area which have taken place for the past five years. Cisco said the Sheriff's investigators who was at the scene Wednesday said this is the first one he'd seen that involved the mutilation of a cow. Other incidents involved mutilations of horses.
Ranchers and Sheriff's investigators are at loss to explain why the mutilations have occurred and by whom. Special patrols have failed to turn up any explanation for the mystery.