From the Pad of Definitions
The killing and maiming of cattle, under unusual circumstances. Investigation of cattle mutilation asserts that it is a genuine practice attributed mostly to predators, natural decomposition, extraterrestrials, secretive governmental or military agencies, and cults. Skeptics claim that the "mutilations" are a misrepresented natural processes. One example of how cattle mutilation can occur was shown through an experiment done by the Washington County (Arkansas) Sheriff's Department. They found that when a dead cow was placed in a field for 48 hours that bloating, caused by the sun, led to incision-like tears in the skin and that blowflies and maggots then cleaned out the soft tissue so that the carcass looked exactly like those that had been attributed to satanic cults.