Researchers study mysterious mutilation


Almost a year to the day after a cow mutilation was reported near Paradise Hill, another case has surfaced, this time in the Hillmond area.

John B. Spigott Wednesday July 12, 2006

Almost a year to the day after a cow mutilation was reported near Paradise Hill, another case has surfaced, this time in the Hillmond area.

A farmer near Hillmond discovered the animal on the evening of June 16 and contacted Maidstone’s Barb Campbell at the Saskatchewan Provincial Paranormal Research Centre the following day. Campbell says while the animal had been dead for between 10 and 20 days, all signs point to a mutilation.
“It shows all the classic signs of being a mutilation – eyes gone, ears gone, certain incisions in the body – all of which are very suspicious,” said Campbell.

Campbell, along with mutilation investigator Fern Belzil of St. Paul, travelled to Hillmond to investigate the incident and take soil samples from the area. After taking some samples and investigating the carcass, Campbell is convinced this cannot be the work of a predator.

“This is certainly not a predator kill,” said Campbell. “By looking at the incisions, you can tell there are no teeth marks, rips, tears, or anything like that. The incisions are very fine cuts – there are no puncture wounds nearby to indicate that it might have been a claw that did it.”

With Campbell ruling out a predator attack, she focused her attention on the body itself, searching for answers in the carcass, which was found in a strange position.

“What really struck me here was the positioning of her body,” said Campbell. “Her back legs are totally behind her, and her whole spine is twisted, so that her head is facing north while her body is facing east. There’s no sign of a struggle – it appears she just dropped. Regardless, I think it is very suspicious.”

Campbell said she checked the length of the property and found no vehicle marks, human tracks, or predator markings and said there was no indication anybody had entered the field from the other end. She also said the rest of the animals in the herd have kept their distance from the deceased cow.

“The other 50-60 cows in the herd, including her calf, will not approach her,” said Campbell. “They’ve stayed well away for some time. The coyotes and foxes have not approached the carcass either.”
Campbell said while there are certainly similarities between this mutilation and the one reported in Paradise Hill. What she is focused on now is investigating from the ground up.

“It’s a shame I wasn’t able to see this one when it happened right away,” said Campbell. “With this one, I can only tell what happened by what I saw. Had it been a fresh kill, we would have seen the flesh untouched. There are no scrapes or nicks on the bone, and a predator doesn’t do that. These are so surgically fine ... I’m working from the bottom up. Everything that’s earthly possible from disease, to everything else.
“If I can disprove all of those theories, I have no choice but to look up and then go from there.”