Refers to thousands of cases in North America where cattle have been found mutilated under abnormal circumstances. Marked with fluorescent paint, drained of blood, cows have been found dead, with the cause of death unknown. These cattle have laser cuts and certain organs surgically removed from their bodies, often their reproductive and rectal organs. Not only will scavengers not touch the carcasses but abnormally high radiation levels have been found around these areas as well, with zero traces of footprints, but clamp marks suggesting the cattle were taken from habitats to be mutilated.
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.
Dean: All right. I’ve been cruisin’ some websites. I think I found a few candidates for our next gig. A fishing trawler found off the coast of Cali –- its crew vanished. And, uh, we got some cattle mutilations in West Texas.
While cruising the web to find a new hunt for Sam and himself, Dean tells Sam about, "a fishing trawler found off the coast of Cali" where the crew had vanished and some cattle mutilations in West Texas.
Dean: Yeah, what about the cattle?
Sheriff: Excuse me?
Dean: You know, the cows found dead, split open, drained ... over a dozen cases
Sheriff: What about them?
Sam: So you don't think there's a connection?
Sheriff: Connection ... with...?
Sam: First cattle mutilations, now two murders? Kinda sounds like ritual stuff.
Dean: You know, like satanic cult ritual stuff?
Sheriff: You - you're not kidding.
Sheriff: Those cows aren't being mutilated. You wanna know how I know?
Sheriff: Because there's no such thing as cattle mutilation.
Sam: The cattle mutilations. They said they live off of animal blood.
While posing as reports to gain info on recent deaths, Sam and Dean question the local sheriff in Red Lodge, Montana about cattle mutilations. Sam and Dean bring up the idea of it being done in a ritualistic manner, which only elicits a laugh from the sheriff, who goes on to tell them the only reasons the cows have been "mutilated" is due to dying and saying out in the sun, which causes them to bloat and eventually explode.