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'Mystery Stalks The Prairie'

From: Colm Kelleher <nids@anv.net>
Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2002 16:27:30 -0700
Fwd Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2002 08:02:30 -0400
Subject: 'Mystery Stalks The Prairie'

Mystery Stalks the Prairie: The full e-book is freely available
online on the NIDS web site at:


1975-1977 was a period of frequent reports of UFO sightings
around the United States. 1975-1977 also coincided with a peak
in reports of a phenomenon known as animal mutilation. The
community around Great Falls, Montana was no exception to this
nationwide trend. However, two features about Great Falls are of
interest. The first is that Great Falls was (and is) home to
Malmstrom Air Force Base (MAFB). MAFB and its surrounding area
was an integral part of the nation s missile launching
capability during the Cold War with 221 Minuteman III missile
silos. The base functioned as an important section of the entire
Northern Tier early warning system for incoming Soviet missiles.

The second atypical feature about Great Falls was an unusually
open-minded and energetic sheriff s captain. Captain Keith
Wolverton was prepared to go the extra mile in investigating
UFOs, animal mutilations and other anomalous happenings in the
area. Wolverton s energy and dedication were instrumental in
alerting the people of Cascade County, and nearby Teton County,
that if they reported UFOs, animal mutilations or unidentified
flying lights, they would not be ridiculed and their reports
would not be trivialized. This unusual openness apparently
permeated most of the sheriff s department. As a result of a lot
of community outreach by Wolverton and his colleagues, an open
and accepting atmosphere in Cascade and Teton Counties towards
coming forward with reports was created. Further, according to
testimony from local people around Great Falls, an ad hoc team
of local veterinarians was assembled by Wolverton. These
veterinarians performed full necropsies on many of the mutilated
animals in the area, often at no charge. Thus, the investigation
by qualified veterinarians who had a background in pathology
contributed substantially to the quality of the animal
mutilation investigations.

Captain Wolverton allowed NIDS full access to his original
papers and files detailing the investigations that he carried
out on behalf of the Cascade County sheriff s department in
1975-1977. NIDS published a summary and statistical analysis of
this extraordinary database in 2001. See . The data in these
files comprise an unprecedented and detailed picture of a wave
of anomalous activity within a 40-mile radius of Great Falls and
MAFB. Captain Wolverton s files comprised the original police
blotters, original memoranda and original photo negatives
detailing the department s investigations into 192 UFO and
unknown helicopter sightings, and 67 reports of animal
mutilations, the vast majority happening within a forty miles
radius of MAFB.

Captain Wolverton and coauthor Roberta Donovan wrote a book in
1976 about his experiences investigating these anomalies. The
book quickly became a classic. The book is now out of print.

NIDS is now publishing Mystery Stalks the Prairie as a service
(free of charge) to those with an interest in the history of the
animal mutilation phenomenon. The entire book can be found at: