Cow falls dead. One footprint found. MYSTERY!

A dead cow and one big footprint. Mystery initiated.

First, there was a perfectly healthy cow with a calf and in the morning, she lay dead.

There were no footprints from other animals near the dead cow, which looked like it could have been peacefully lying down to catch the last rays of the fading sun. There was nothing abnormal about it except for one side of its face. Something or someone had stripped away the hide on the left side of the face, from below the eye to the jawline.

Carol Barnes, Animal Control officer, examined the cow. “I didn’t see any bite marks or lacerations on the rear or throat,” she said, ruling out coyotes or a pack of dogs. There was no damage to the heels, throat, udder, ears or nose.

The skin laceration occurred after death. But then, more info surfaced.

Muddy footprint adds to mystery in cow death on South Whidbey – South Whidbey Record.

The mystery of the dead cow with the skin removed from half its face deepened this week with the discovery of a strange looking footprint.

The cow’s owner, Diane Schneider, said farmhand Javier Meja came across the track and photographed it with his cell phone.

“I didn’t see it myself,” Schneider said Tuesday. “It’s about as big as a man’s hand, it’s awfully large and was found about six feet from the cow’s body.”

The photo is so blurry, it’s not even worth posting. There is no scale either. But it COULD show claw marks, as from a dog. So to summarize – cow dies, something chews at it and leaves no footprints in the muddy pasture but one print is found six feet away. This only as mysterious as you want to hype it. The pieces may not even be connected. The cow died, was probably not killed, and something may have tried to eat it. But, people love a good mystery. Any ideas?

  6 comments for “Cow falls dead. One footprint found. MYSTERY!

  1. March 2, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Crows. The foot print may not even be a foot print, just a swirl in the mud.

    • March 2, 2013 at 9:25 PM

      This is a great POINT, Travis! Do you think crows could have been responsible for the lacerations?

  2. RDW
    March 2, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    Heart attack or lightening strike, maybe, Then a vulture.

  3. John B
    March 2, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    The cow was lying on it’s left side and the left side of it’s face was missing. I suspect insects.

  4. March 3, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    If the cow had an aneurysm, it could have scraped a thin horizontal wound (described in the article) from the nearby barbed wire fence (pictured). It would have then fell over and immediately died. The thin scrape would have been enlarged by either crows or inserts. Although insects, like beetles would be probably be more plausible.

    I just remember reading somewhere that some UFO related cow mutilations were debunked by using crows as an explanation. They would land on the carcass and pluck and strip flesh off in a fashion that doesn’t resemble animal bites. Although I remember that they would start with the eyes or nose first and work their way from there.

  5. March 3, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    At one time, I was a Certified, Man Tracker. Footprints are generally subjected to the elements and erode over time, depending upon climate and weather conditions. It is very possible to place an approximate age to a footprint and then determine if that time has any association with the event. At some time or another, it is possible for a farmer or hiker, somebody to have walked in the lea. Struggles leave vast amounts of trace evidence. All based upon a thought that the bovicide was committed at that location and the victim was not moved or transported. More facts would need to be known as the article is superficial. No mention of any Official response, reporting, investigation, as the loss of the animal is in fact an economic crime against the animal’s owner and represents a loss of real income to the owner and their family.

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