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Link Between UFOs, Helicopters & Mutes?

From: Colm Kelleher - NIDS <nids@earthlink.net>
Date: 14 Feb 2001 19:39:13 -0000
Fwd Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2001 15:39:47 -0500
Subject: Link Between UFOs, Helicopters & Mutes?

National Institute for Discovery Science


Statistical Association between UFO/helicopters and Animal
Mutilations? Analysis of a Wave of Anomalous Activity in

1975-1977 was a period of frequent reports of UFO sightings
around the United States. 1975-1977 also coincided with peak
reports of a phenomenon known as animal mutilation.

For more details on animal mutilation see:


The community around Great Falls, Montana was no exception to
this nationwide trend. However, two features about Great Falls
are of interest with respect to this NIDS report.

The first is that Great Falls was (and is) home to Malmstrom Air
Force Base (MAFB). MAFB and its surrounding area was an integral
part of the nation's missile launching capability during the
cold war with 221 Minuteman III missile silos, and functioned as
an important section of the entire 'Northern Tier' early warning
system for incoming Soviet missiles.

The second atypical feature about Great Falls was an unusually
open-minded and energetic sheriff's captain. Captain Keith
Wolverton was prepared to go the extra mile in investigating
UFOs, animal mutilations and bizarre happenings in the area.

Wolverton's energy and dedication were instrumental in alerting
the people of Cascade County, and even in nearby Teton County,
that if they reported UFOs, animal mutilations or unidentified
flying lights, they would not be ridiculed and their reports
would not be trivialized.

Captain Wolverton allowed NIDS full access to his original
papers and files detailing the investigations that he carried
out on behalf of the Cascade County sheriff's department in
1975-1977. NIDS was able to analyze the data in these files and
they comprise an interesting picture of a wave of anomalous
activity within a 40-mile radius of Great Falls and MAFB.

Captain Wolverton's files comprised the original police
blotters, original memoranda and original photo negatives
detailing the department's investigations into 192 UFO and
unknown helicopter sightings, and 67 reports of animal
mutilations, the vast majority happening within a forty miles
radius of MAFB.

The timing of the UFO wave around MAFB is almost exactly
contemporaneous with similar anomalous incidents that happened
in October 1975 at Loring AFB Maine, Wurdsmith AFB Michigan,
Minot AFB North Dakota and at the Canadian Air Force base at
Falconbridge Ontario.

The purpose of this paper is to examine two separate and
unrelated questions:

(a) Was there a linkage between the animal mutilations (temporal
and geographical) and the unidentified aircraft flying in the
area around Cascade County Montana 1975 through 1977 and

(b) did the repeated unauthorized incursions of these flying
objects over MAFB and missile silo airspace, when examined in
the context of simultaneous incursions at other AFBs across the
Northern Tier, constitute a national security issue for the
United States?

NIDS reports the first statistically significant correlation
between mutilations and UFO/helicopter activity in the full
report (25 pages) in the What's New section of the NIDS web site


Further, we propose that the UFO wave in Montana had National
Security implications.