Associated Press has reported that ranch hands in Salem, Oregon have been advised by law enforcement to travel in pairs and carry arms after a rash of dead bulls with sex organs and tongues removed have been reported throughout eastern Oregon. According to law enforcement, the bulls showed no indication they were shot, attacked by predators, or poisoned. There were no tracks around the carcasses and the bulls had been entirely drained of blood. The owner of one ranch said it appeared as if “someone using a knife or scalpel did it”.

Explanations for the bizarre mutilations vary widely. Some ranch management hands think someone is killing the bulls to cause financial harm to the ranchers. Dave Bohnert, director of Oregon State University’s Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center in Burns, said he believes people killed the Silvies bulls because there is no indication they were felled by predators or had eaten poisonous plants. Colby Marshall, vice president of the Silvies Valley Ranch, has another theory: “We think that this crime is being perpetuated by some sort of a cult.”

Harney County sheriff’s Deputy Dan Jenkins agrees.

“Personally, I would lean more toward the occult, where people for whatever reason _ whether it’s a phase of the moon or whatever rituals they’re going to do with their beliefs _ are coming to different areas and doing that.”

A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the conviction of those responsible.

Sources: USA Today, Associated Press

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