From: Stig Agermose <stig.agermose.nul> Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2002 05:30:09 +0100 Archived: Thu, 21 Nov 2002 07:43:22 -0500 Subject: Regional Cattle Mutilation Book Available Online Source: Great Falls Tribune - Montana http://www.greatfallstribune.com/news/stories/20021118/localnews/396325.html Stig *** To read "Mystery Stalks the Prairie" online, visit the National Institute of Discovery Science Web site, at: www.nidsci.org/whatsnew.html. The book also is available in the Montana Room of the Great Falls Public Library. ** Monday, November 18, 2002 Regional cattle mutilation book available online By KATIE OYAN, Tribune Staff Writer ** An out-of-print book by a pair of Montanans about a wave of cattle mutilations in the Great Falls area in the 1970s is available online and free of charge. About 12,000 copies of Keith Wolverton and Roberta Donovan's "Mystery Stalks the Prairie" were printed in 1976 and have sold out. A privately funded Nevada institute that pays scientists and retired police officers to investigate bizarre phenomena such as mutilations and UFO sightings has published the book on its Web site. A single copy of "Mystery Stalks the Prairie" also is available in the Montana Room of the Great Falls Public Library, where it can be read but not checked out. The library at one time had copies of the book in circulation, but they all landed on its "lost" list. "It's one of the most stolen books we have," said John Finn, head of the library's information services. "We tried to order more, but it's out of print." Cattle mutilations were first reported in the Great Falls area three decades ago and started again near Conrad last year. Investigators still have not determined the source of the mysterious mutilations, which have sparked jokes and rumors about little green men, government conspiracies and cults. The cows usually appear to be cut with surgical precision and are missing random organs or patches of hide. Predators won't touch them, and other cattle also steer clear. Conrad-area ranchers reported more than a dozen mutilations between June and December 2001. According to the Pondera County Sheriff's Office, few cases have been reported this year; the most recent was about a month ago on a ranch outside Dupuyer. Wolverton investigated the cases as a captain with the Cascade County Sheriff's Office. Donovan is a former reporter for the Lewistown News Argus. Wolverton has since retired from the sheriff's department and splits his time between Montana and Nevada, working occasionally as a fishing outfitter on the Missouri River. Reached in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, he said he was not surprised to hear mutilations were being reported again in northcentral Montana last fall. "I don't know why they start up and stop in one place and then start in another, but they've been going on all over the world," he said. Wolverton said he investigated the mutilations with the sheriff's office for about three years, "But I've never quit." "We're still trying to find answers," he said. "We're still actively looking for some answers." Wolverton said he has no immediate plans to write another book about the mutilations -- "Not until we solve it." "I get a lot of people asking questions about it," he said. "They want to know if we've got answers." ** Copyright =A9 2002 Great Falls Tribune. All Rights Reserved.
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