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What’s killing Texas cows, removing their tongues and organs? Officials don’t know.

Authorities are baffled by a recent mystery that has occurred among cattle herds along the same southeast Central Texas highway: Several dead cows, with select body parts missing.

After the unexpected death of a cow in Madison County – near College Station – the local sheriff’s office has confirmed that an investigation is underway to determine what’s behind a series of similar cow deaths along Texas State Highway OSR. According to a release from the sheriff’s office, the 6-year-old cow was found dead, lying on its side and missing its tongue.

“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 news release stated. “The tongue was also completely removed from the body with no blood spill.

Law enforcement further stated that there were no signs of struggle or tracks, adding that the grass surrounding the deceased animal was “undisturbed.” Ranchers had also reported to officials that the cow was left to decay, for several weeks, with no interest from predators or birds to scavenge its remains.

During their investigation of the local cow’s death, Madison County authorities discovered five similar incidents in the bordering Brazos and Robertson counties, each from different herds and pastures.

“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,” the release from Madison County Sheriff’s Office states.

Two of the cows had their genitalia and anuses removed, though they had the same “circular cut” with the “same precision” as the cuts noted around the jaw lines of the others

Akin to the first, there were no signs of struggle or disturbance in nearby grass, and the cause of their deaths remain unknown. Similar incidents have occurred across the country, authorities stated, and they are “actively coordinating with other agencies to find answers.”

A visit to the past

A similar string of events took place in the 1970s: thousands of cattle were found dead with their bodies mutilated and parts cleanly removed from their carcasses without any trace of struggle or disturbance.

“Since April in Colorado alone, 196 cows” were found in such a state, The New York Timesreported in October 1975. A buffalo, a horse and a goat had also found their demise in the same disturbing scenario, archives show.

While a number of investigations took place, evidence never turned up and it seems an answer wasn’t found. In 1980, the FBI had closed its investigation and attributed the unexpected deaths to “common predators.”

Still, that didn’t stop the various discussions that included theories of UFOs, satanic cults or Black Ops involvement through the use of helicopters.

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