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Ranchers in Colorado are on edge following the latest of a series of bizarre attacks on horses and livestock.

According to an article in the Denver Post:

In recent weeks, a horse was shot and had its head skinned at the LeValley Ranch property, which is part of the Esty Ranch holdings about eight miles east of Gunnison. The horse also had its tongue and anus removed. Less than two months ago, a prize heifer in the same heavily traveled area just off of Colorado 50 and Colorado 114 had its tongues, lips and anus removed. "To me it looks like a ritualistic issue. Either that, or they are high on drugs. There is just no logical explanation for it," said Esty Ranch owner Mike Clarke.

The foreman on the ranch stated that though they assumed the animals had been shot, no bullets had been found in the wounds, which made it all the more mysterious. This led the ranchers to suspect that the animals had also been stabbed by unknown assailants.

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