Valley, Alberta, WESTERN REVIEW, 5 August 1992, page 2
still skeptical of local cow mutilation
By Darren Pinkoski
coyote attack just doesn't fully explain what happened to
a mutilated cow found on a Lindale-area farm, according
to its owner.
know for sure it wasn't a coyote that did it," said
Roy Silver. "I've never seen a coyote with a knife
to Breton RCMP, opinions from two veterinarians based on
photographs, was that the cause of death of a cow found
on Silver's property in June was 'not man-made.'
cause of death was attributed to a coyote kill and the sharp,
defined gouges around where the udder used to be to the
stretching of the skin due to bloating.
concedes the cause of death may not have been from a knife
or gun but still believes the death to be man-made.
more to this than just observing what you see."
said coyotes and other scavenger animals will usually gut
a carcass but left this one alone after finishing the udder.
said he'd witnessed coyotes and crows ignoring the carcass
and said this may indicate the animal was poisoned.
definitely what I figure."
explained it isn't so much the financial loss of a $1,200
cow and its one-month old calf, which has since disappeared,
but the added stress on day-to-day operations as well.
caused us an awful lot of grief."
said the incident has caused him to change the way he operates
his farm, from restricting his animals' movements in the
pasture to observing any car that travels past his land.
said his neighbors have also altered their operating procedures
to keep a closer watch on their livestock.
got to. We're not getting any help from anybody else."
attempts to receive help from the province's attorney general's
department and the department of agriculture, have both
to come no avail.
was definitely done by people," said Silver, who isn't
ruling out the incident being the work of cults.
no other reason why they would be doing it."