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NIDS: Report On Montana Mutilation

From: Colm Kelleher <nids@anv.net>
Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2002 14:49:18 -0800
Fwd Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2002 23:56:55 -0500
Subject: NIDS: Report On Montana Mutilation

Enclosed is a summary of an investigation we conducted on a
reported animal mutilation in Montana in June 2001. Some of your
readers may be interested in the contents of the full report
(approx 50 pages) that has just been published on the What's New
section of the NIDS web site:



Colm Kelleher


Investigation of a Report of Animal Mutilation
in Dupuyer, Montana on 6/27/2001

National Institute For Discovery Science
=A9January 2002


NIDS received a call from local law enforcement regarding a
six-year old Red Angus cow found dead at 8:00-9:00 AM on 6/27/01
near Dupuyer, Montana. According to the rancher, the animal had
last been seen alive on 6/25/01. The animal was lying on its
right side. The left eye and eyelid were missing, the hide from
the left jaw was missing and parts of the tongue were gone. The
vagina and rectum were also missing. A thorough examination of
the area by law enforcement failed to reveal any tracks,
markings or signs of struggle from the animal. When the hide
under the left jaw was cut away, investigators noticed a
greenish-colored tissue mass just under the jaw. The green color
markedly contrasted with the pink color of the surrounding
tissue. Because of the ambient temperature and humidity in the
area and to prevent further decomposition, the head of the
animal was severed and immediately frozen. After the head was
thoroughly frozen in Montana, it was then rapidly shipped to
NIDS in Las Vegas, Nevada, where it was immediately stored at
-85=BAC to prevent further decomposition.

NIDS then consulted with a forensic expert, who arranged to fly
to Las Vegas to conduct a thorough sampling of the head. An
analysis of the eyes and jaw showed no blood in the tissue,
indicating that the heart had stopped beating upon removal of
the tissues. If the animal was mutilated, the mutilation
occurred after death. In addition to the gross pathology,
samples of eye fluid from the animal's right eye and tissue from
the neck area were collected. A comprehensive set of organic
extraction procedures followed by Infrared spectrometry and gas
chromatography mass spectrometry (GCMS) analysis were conducted
to determine the molecular components in the eye fluid and
tissues. Preliminary chemical analysis was also conducted on
maggot mass from the animal.

A second animal was obtained from a slaughterhouse and left to
decompose for four days as a sham or control animal. Tissue and
eye fluid from the control animal was subjected to identical
extraction and analytical procedures.

A compound called oxindole was found in both tissue and eye
fluid from the mutilated animal but not in the control animal,
suggesting oxindole was not a decomposition product. The
clinical and pharmacological properties of oxindole have been
examined primarily in Europe (Mannaioni et al.(1998) British J.
Pharmac. 125, 1751-1760). However, prior to these more recent
studies, it has been well established that systemic
administration of oxindole to rats, dogs or humans has been
shown to cause profound sedation, decrease in blood pressure,
decrease in muscular tone and loss of consciousness (Orcutt et
al. (1964) Arch. Int. Pharmacodynam. 152, 121-131). Our failure
to find oxindole in the control animal leads us to the working
hypothesis that oxindole may have been used to sedate the animal
prior to its death and mutilation. Similar analyses of different
mutilated animals in the future will either substantiate or
negate this working hypothesis. For example, the pharmacokinetic
data on administration of oxindole to large animals is scanty as
are the data on the extent of rumen-saliva recycling of
tryptophan metabolites. A second hypothesis is that a traumatic
event triggered the swift accumulation of oxindole in the
tissues of the mutilated animal but not in the control animal.
These subjects are currently under study.

Since the summer of 2001, NIDS has received over eight reports
of animal mutilations from Montana, the majority of which were
too old to seriously investigate. Nevertheless, this number of
reports in a few months constitutes by far the largest report
frequency received in the history of NIDS investigations of the
animal mutilation phenomenon. Therefore, the present case should
be seen not as an isolated incident, but in the context of a
wave of mutilation reports in 2001 from Montana. It should also
be noted that during the period 1974-1977, the Great Falls area
of Montana was the locus of one of the most intense and
sustained waves of reported animal mutilations in recorded
history. For more details on this historical animal mutilation
wave see the NIDS report at

Finally, NIDS is gratified by the increasing spirit of
cooperation and collegiality between our organization and
ranchers, law enforcement officials and veterinarians. We
believe that the successful investigation of animal mutilations
is utterly dependent upon close cooperation between NIDS and
three separate groups:  (a) ranchers who are willing to make
timely reports to NIDS  (702-798-1700) or to local law
enforcement, (b) open-minded veterinarians who are willing to
conduct timely necropsies on mutilated animals, and (c)
hard-working law enforcement officials who serve as both
investigators and liaisons between NIDS and the ranchers
themselves. We emphasize that NIDS absorbs 100% of the costs of
these investigations. Secondly, because of the controversial
nature of the animal mutilation phenomenon, NIDS does NOT
publicize the names of ranchers, law enforcement officials or
veterinarians who work with us.

The full 50 page (approx) report with photographs, tables,
figures and raw data can be found in the What's New section of
the NIDS web site http://www.nidsci.org

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