A dead cow and one big footprint. Mystery initiated.
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.
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?