Warning: Cattle may be at risk of UFO abduction in New Mexico

More silly road signs. Suburban performance art?

Mystery UFO symbols appearing on cattle crossing signs | KOB.com.

Strange UFO symbols have appeared on dozens of cattle crossing signs. Where are they coming from? Some may want you to think it’s the work of aliens, but the explanation is probably a little more down to earth.

It’s a mystery straight out of the X-Files. Driving down the highway from Taos to Santa Fe, you’ll see them. Just one of the many places they’ve appeared around New Mexico. UFO stickers placed on cattle crossing signs, giving the appearance “aliens” are beaming the cows up.

Maureen Ortega is one of the many New Mexicans who have noticed the strange signs. She says they first started appearing around Taos and northern New Mexico a few years ago.

It sounds like a prank. The legend of cattle mutilation by aliens is preposterous. The stories have been hyped while the animals have died of natural causes and/or predators and have the normal conditions of decay. There is no good evidence for removal of organs with “surgical precision” or “lasers” and the death of livestock is not mysterious.

As typical with TV spots, you can’t explain the folklore details of the “cattle mutilation” phenomena. It’s actually nuanced and culturally complex like much of folklore tales can be. So, we don’t get the explanation for this part of the story.

This story reminded me of this case of silly signs as art. Monty Python inspired road sign angers Norwegian Public Roads bureaucrats | Doubtful News.

Transportation bureaus almost universally frown on such things calling them a distraction for drivers and, in this case, vandalism of government property. I like them.
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Tip: Benjamin Radford

  4 comments for “Warning: Cattle may be at risk of UFO abduction in New Mexico

  1. eddi
    July 6, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    I used to work for my state’s DOT making signs. This particular sort of thing is illegal but it’s rare to catch and actually rarer to prosecute people who stick a decal on the sign. This one doesn’t mess up the sign so the crews will leave them up for their full life span. (8-10+ years) No real harm intended or caused. And it is funny.

    • Headless Unicorn Guy
      July 14, 2014 at 2:04 AM

      I remember all the stop signs circa 1970 with a “NIXON” sticker right below the “STOP”…

  2. Bill T.
    July 7, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    I speculate that it’s more of a problem that people miss signs as opposed to their becoming overly preoccupied with them. I believe that these (IMHO harmless) pranks could better awareness.

  3. Dale
    August 29, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    I live in Taos county and these stickers have been showing up for at least 5 years now on every cow crossing sign in the county. When DOT takes them down, they’re replaced. Instead of being a distraction, they actually cause drivers to pay attention to the sign. With so many CC signs in the county, it’s easy to just tune them out but not now! I really don’t think they’re a statement on UFO cattle abductions as much as they are just a clever and noticeable prank.

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