MADISONVILLE, TX – Madison County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the death and mutilation of cattle along TX-OSR.
According to the MCSO, Ranchers advised a 6-year-old longhorn-cross cow had been found lying on her side, deceased, and mutilated on their ranch.
A straight, clean cut, with apparent precision, had been made to remove the hide around the cow’s mouth on one side, leaving the meat under the removed hide untouched. The tongue was also completely removed from the body with no blood spill.
It was noted there were no signs of struggle and the grass around the cow was undisturbed. No footprints or tire tracks were noted in the area.
Ranchers also reported that no predators or birds would scavenge the remains of the cow, leaving it to decay untouched for several weeks.
While looking into the longhorn-cross’ death, five other similar occurrences involving four adult cows and one yearling were reported along the area of OSR running into Brazos County as well as Robertson County. Each incident occurred in different locations, pastures, and herds.
The other cows were found in the same condition, lying on one side with the exposed side of their face cut along the jaw line and the tongue, once again, completely removed. On two of the five cows, a circular cut was made removing the anus and the external genitalia. This circular cut was made with the same precision as the cuts noted around the jaw lines of each cow.
Just like the first, there were no signs of struggle or disturbance in the grass, no blood spill, and no noticeable tracks. No predators or birds would scavenge the remains for several weeks after death.
The cause of death of all six cows remains unknown.
Multiple similar incidents have been reported across the United States and we are actively coordinating with other agencies to find answers.
Please notify the Madison County Sheriff’s Office if you or someone you know observes any similar occurrences.
Anyone with information on these cases please contact Investigator Foster at 936-348-2755 during business hours.