Richard O’Connor, M.D.
PMB 2046
1 Jackson Creek Road
Clancy, MT 59634
Cell: 406-461-2823

October 28,2017

Dear Montana Veterinary Medical Association,

The cattle / livestock industry is an important contributor to Montana’s economy and to the livelihoods of many Montanans. When a situation is realized that is adversely affecting ranchers and cattle in our state, that situation merits the attention of not only our Montana state officials, but also our state’s veterinarians

For over 40 years there have been mysterious events that have occurred involving cattle in Montana, in many other US states, in Canada, and in other foreign countries. These events have resulted in the death of not just a few, but rather many of these animals – a number that has grown at least into the thousands. I don’t think anyone knows for sure. I am aware of several (at least 6) such incidents involving cattle that have occurred in Montana over the past 12 months. Montana Department of Livestock officials are also aware of these events, and they remain baffled by them.

These events have happened frequently enough to gain some public attention through books and media coverage over the years. A rather morose term, “cattle mutilation”, was long ago adopted as the descriptive label identifying these morbid events in which a previously healthy animal (cow, bull, horse, buffalo, elk) is discovered dead and with areas of their bodies that exhibit a constellation of stereotypical cuts and excisions of organs and soft tissues. Not all are exactly the same, but all share several common features. To date there have been no apprehensions, much less convictions, of any criminal perpetrators responsible for these repetitive events in any state or country that I know of. None. Zero. After more than 40 years of this phenomenon involving thousands of animals one would think that this very strange enigma would have been solved by now, but this is not the case. How can this be?

Here I need to digress to a separate, but I believe possibly related topic. On October 11, 2017 a very low-key press conference involving some quite high-level people from the DoD/Pentagon, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Center for Advanced Studies (a physics think-tank), and private aerospace defense contractor Lockheed Skunk Works announced to the world that “the (UFO) phenomenon is, indeed, real”. These surprising words were spoken by Luis Elizondo, a man who, for the past decade, ran the Pentagon’s program to identify and analyze “unidentified aerial threats”, a new term we are now hearing in lieu of the term “UFO”. I suggest that each person reading this letter should take the time to view the recorded video of this press conference. I think you will find what was said quite fascinating:

This morning I have written letters to our Montana Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester, and to Montana Representative Greg Gianforte to bring to their attention the incident involving the USS Nimitz described in this press conference by former DoD Deputy Assistant for Intelligence Chris Mellon. In my letter I have asked them to request a briefing from the Department of the Navy about this and many similar events that have occurred and have been officially documented by all branches of our Armed Forces. We will likely be hearing more about these incidents the near future.

Now that we have all been informed that the UFO phenomenon is real and that some of these high-tech craft are not ours, we can legitimately ask this question – could this phenomenon of “unidentified aerial threats” have anything to do with cattle mutilations in Montana, other states, and other countries? Is this why finding an answer to this long-standing and ongoing enigma involving (not just) Montana cattle has remained so elusive? Is this why some ranchers have described strange aerial lights seen in the skies, coincident with the discovery of a mutilated animal on his/her ranch?

My own response to these very valid questions is YES, these recurrent but inscrutable events may be related to the presence of UFOs in our skies. We already have a more than 40 year history of unsuccessful efforts by skilled law enforcement officials and skilled veterinarians to determine the cause of death in these animals, and who or what has been responsible for these heinous acts. There are many reasons to suspect that UFOs, or “unidentified aerial threats” may be involved, these reasons having to do with the details and circumstances surrounding these incredibly strange events that I will not further expound upon in this letter. Much of this is explained in journalist Linda Moulton Howe’s excellent book titled An Alien Harvest.

Can we now push forward under the assumption that UFOs are the correct explanation for the perpetrators of cattle mutilations? Although it is my belief that UFOs are in fact connected to cattle mutilations, my answer to this question is NO, we cannot, unless and until we have proven, beyond reasonable doubt, that human beings cannot be responsible for perpetrating these acts of cattle mutilation. I have put together my ideas regarding how we might go about obtaining such proof at the following website:


Barring an unexpected admission from the DoD or CIA that they already know that “unidentified aerial threats“” are responsible for this phenomenon, how we go about proving whether human beings could be responsible for these acts is a difficult problem that will require the concerted efforts of many people in many US states and in Canada working together to help resolve this important question. However, if this problem is approached methodically, I believe this question – are human beings responsible for cattle mutilations? – can be sorted out rather quickly. We need 10 good cases, and we need a well-designed study protocol. At the rate these cases are happening just here in Montana it should not be difficult to identify and analyze 10 good cases.

While resolving this question may or may not prevent these acts from recurring in the future, it may at least allow for the re-classification of these events as being criminal forensic cases, thus affording ranchers some avenue of redress to recapture their financial losses resulting from these unpredictable criminal acts inflicted on innocent living beings. Should the evidence lead us further toward accepting that UFOs, or unidentified aerial threats, are involved in this, we can then begin to consider the extreme absurdity evident in the stereotypical physical findings, and finally and appropriately begin to ask the question – WHY? More specifically, we must question whether these actions are intended to be a message to humanity, and one that we really need to decipher and try to understand?

Most importantly, we have now been given a “green light” to break down the long-standing social taboo that has effectively prevented those who have been called upon to investigate these cases from thinking of, much less uttering the word “UFO”, out loud. This shift in attitude will do much to expand our world view and our options as we gather and analyze the collection of data and the physical evidence related to these cases.

I would be most happy to work with anyone who shares a similar interest in getting to the bottom of this ongoing and perplexing enigma – the phenomenon of cattle mutilations.

Richard O’Connor, M.D.
(406) 461-2823

May 19, 2017, 2013

Richard O’Connor, M.D. PMB 2046, 1 Jackson Creek Road, Clancy, MT 59634,Phone: (406) 461-2823  Email: rkojaml@gmail.com

Dear Montana Dept. of Livestock,

My name is Richard K. O’Connor, M.D. I am a retired anesthesiologist, having logged 30 years of working in several hospitals throughout the U.S. Most of my professional career took place at St. Peter’s Hospital in Helena, Montana. The fact that I work as an anesthesiologist is germane to the point of this letter. Having worked my entire career in hospital operating rooms, I know what surgery looks like.

Over at least the past 4 decades, several to many Montana ranchers and their cattle have been victimized by perplexing events which have been dubbed “cattle mutilations”. I am certain that MDOL personnel are aware of these events, although when I have personally visited the MDOL office in Helena on 2 occasions to ask questions about these cases, my questions are “answered”, essentially, with blank stares. I know that MDOL regional inspectors have been asked to investigate several of these strange happenings, perhaps most recently one that occurred north of Choteau, MT. I don’t know how many of these cases have occurred in Montana, and I now seriously doubt the MDOL knows this information either. On my last visit to the MDOL I was told that MDOL does not maintain a separate file for these types of cases despite, as far as I am aware, all such cases remaining unsolved as to who, or what, killed these cattle, and even though these recurring events have resulted in very significant financial losses to MT ranchers over at least 4 decades. What??

It appears that, although MDOL personnel are aware that these cases are happening but cannot explain them, they are being disingenuously labeled as cattle deaths due to “natural predators” for the sake of convenience, and despite much evidence to the contrary, and in this way are simply swept under the rug, repeatedly. When I have called 2 MDOL regional inspectors, asking them to speak with me about cattle mutilations, they returned my phone call once, but now both have now gone silent. Does MDOL not acknowledge that cattle mutilations are happening? Or, is this subject simply declared taboo there at the MDOL, or what? Why has there apparently been no serious attention given to these cases?

In this letter, I am not going to explain in detail all the reasons why I and many others do not believe these kinds of cases are due to “natural predators”, but you can find that information on my website, www.bovinemystery.org.

I am writing to ask that the MDOL cooperate with me in a study of unexplained cattle mutilation cases using an approach that I do not think has been tried before. This cooperation would primarily involve the MDOL making both ranchers and farmers aware of this study, and encouraging them to participate. In my opinion it would be entirely appropriate for the MDOL to provide some level of funding to help affected ranchers pay the $218 dollars it will cost, per case studied, to do this drug testing, but of course that is not my decision.

I ask that someone there at MDOL look at this website, www.bovinemystery.org, where you will find all details explaining this research protocol and the logic behind it. My contact information is listed in the header of this letter.


Richard K. O’Connor, M.D.