Authorities say six cows were found dead and maimed at various properties along a three-county Texas highway
Austin, Texas– Six mutilated cows were found dead at various properties along a Texas highway that spans three counties, authorities announced this week.
Five other similar incidents were reported near College Station spanning Madison, Brazos and Robertson counties during the investigation into the death of a 6-year-old cow, Madison County Sheriff’s officials said in a Facebook post on Wednesday . Similar mutilations have been reported in the United States, and efforts to coordinate between agencies are underway, the sheriff’s office said.
The 6-year-old cow was found with a “straight, clean cut, with apparent precision” as they removed the skin around one side of the animal’s mouth, authorities said. The tongue was also removed without blood being spilled. Ranchers reported that no predators or birds ate the remains, the sheriff’s office said.
The cows were found in similar conditions, but additional external organs were removed in two cases, the sheriff’s office said.
Each cow was mutilated in a different spot and there was no sign of struggle, the grass was undisturbed and no footprints or tire tracks were discovered around the deceased cows, according to the Post.
The cause of death of all six cows is unknown.
Madison County Sheriff’s officials did not respond to a request for comment Sunday.