Class 3a

Motorist reports late afternoon sighting in West Texas.

Report#
01050039
Occurred October 25, 2005
(Submitted October 27, 2005)

Witness Observation

I was driving to San Angelo and had just come out of Cisco going towards Cross Plains on 206 when I looked to my right to idly glance at the "millionth" field of cows I'd passed that day. As I approached the field, the cows were all towards the back away from the highway maybe 250 yards (I'm a poor judge of distance), but I noticed something with the cows that wasn't a cow. It was black, like a few of the cows were, but standing upright on two legs a bit crouched over one of the cows that was lying down. It looked a bit anthropomorphic, like a casual conversation between people. I drove past it thinking I'd just seen something odd, but not really sure of it, so I backed up on the shoulder to get a better look. When I did that, as I slowed to a stop, it seemed to look up at me. It stood up straight and walked towards the trees at the back of the field. It took a slow, loping gait as if to say, "I'm not scared of you, but I'm leaving anyway." When it had stood up completely and was traipsing to the trees, I noticed the back of one of the standing cows it passed came to about the waist of the creature, maybe a little lower. No one else seemed to be in the vicinity. I couldn't see what was behind the trees in the field, and no one passed me on the highway either when I was stopped or backing up. I didn't bother to get out and go look where it was standing because they weren't my cows or my field. As stated previously, there were cows. Anywhere from 20-40. I didn't try to count them. About half were standing, half were lying down. They [the cows] didn't seem to be afraid of it. They were minding their own business grazing, lying in the sun, and doing normal cow kinds of things with the exception of the black cow lying down at the feet of the creature. It was just staring up at the creature looming over it, neither one of them really moving.

Physical Evidence

Unknown. I really didn't want to get arrested for trespassing.

Sounds

Unknown, but unlikely. I had the radio playing.

Additional Observations

None noticed, but I was in a truck and the critters were a fair distance away.

Time and Conditions

Approx 1600 - Weather was cool, in the lower 70s, sunny. Pastureland with a line of trees in the back. It was standing in a pasture full of cows, so I assume there was a farm of some sort in the area, perhaps multiple farms as it's rural west Texas.

Investigator's Comments

Randy Harris

This investigation was conducted as a result of an incident that allegedly occurred in Callahan County, Texas in 2005.

I interviewed the witness immediately after the alleged sighting and then just prior to this report. The report remained consistent throughout with little changes in the story. What struck me as unique to this report, which related to my own sighting years ago, is that the witness did not believe at first what was seen. Based on my own experience, I am familiar with how the mind does not readily accept what it doesn't understand. Just as I was trying to make sense so many years ago of what I saw, this witness was doing the same thing. When an event such as this occurs that is entirely unexpected, again based on my own experience, it is easy to consider the possibility that your mind is playing tricks.

I went over the reported sighting with the witness a number of times afterward and there remained consistency with the story and the surreal feeling that it gave the witness. It has now been five months since the purported sighting and the report. With this much time lapse, I asked the witness to again repeat the story to me. The story did not change from the posted report that is included here.

What is striking about this report is the described lack of fear from the cows as the subject seemed to interact among them. This type of behavior on the part of the cattle could lend itself to the unidentified subject being human. However, the uniform dark coloration of the figure, its movement manner, the way that the witness's attention caused it to flee and its apparent overwhelming and inhuman size seemed to indicate an alternative source other than human. It was because of these factors that the witness felt the need to classify what she reportedly saw as not being human. Also, I have seen in other reports that cows have acted both scared and unconcerned.

This area is thick with post oak and green briar underbrush. It has a smattering of hayfields and peanut fields. The peanut vegetation would be an excellent food source in the area. The area also has one of the higher density deer populations in the state. The Leon River is to the east and feeds several reservoirs along its route. To the west is the Colorado River that forms into its first major lake approximately 35 miles to the south as it winds through the Texas hill country where there are a number of large lakes. This Colorado River corridor is where most of the West Texas sighting reports originate. The riparian cover here seems to be thick enough to enable concealed movement, for the most part, of a wide-ranging, nocturnal, rare and intelligent species.

There were rumors of sightings near the Cross Plains area and surrounding counties, but I was never able to coax anyone to come forward and tell their stories; all I have at this point is second-hand data and not worth repeating. So, there is information out there related to this area that is not documented at this time.

I know the witness well; there is a long reputation of truth and veracity. I have no reason to believe that this story is not factual in basis.

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