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Mysterious Happenings at Skinwalker Ranch

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Where is the Skinwalker Ranch and What’s the Mystery?

This is the story of the Skinwalker Ranch Mystery, an area of approximately 480 acres of land located southeast of the town of Ballard, Utah. For years hardly anyone went near it and those who did rarely talked about it.  Skinwalker Ranch, named after the Native American legend of a skinwalker, a shape shifting being, is the site of over 50 years of paranormal activity, and yet to this day, nothing has been proven. Although everyone KNOWS something is odd about the place, there’s nothing concrete so far, that can be proven beyond a doubt.

Movie Trailer for Skinwalker Ranch

A sci-fi horror movie was made in 2013 titled Skinwalker Ranch. It is very loosely based on the real events that occurred at Skinwalker Ranch.



A Very Strange Occurrence

Reports of dog and cattle mutilations are numerous and in attempt to determine if any of these were true, a “bait” stall was set up with cattle. Investigators observed from a distance during the night time in hopes of identifying abnormal activity. Nothing was reported by observers. When morning came, they opened the stall to the sight of cattle stacked against each other like cordwood, seemingly in a kind of hypnotized, dazed condition, unable to move until the ranchers moved them by hand. Although nothing has been reported since then about the ongoing condition of the cattle, there are ongoing questions about what happened to them during the night and why there’s been no further stories about them since then.

The Bullet Proof Wolf 

A creature said to exist in and around Skinwalker Ranch is a “bulletproof wolf” sighted from time to time. This entity is given this name because he’s been shot by several expert marksmen but seems never to be hit. It’s reported that he also is seen walking upright like a man. He disappears after a sighting only to reappear later in another place. No one seems able to track or to do away with this creature. People have also reported magnetic portals that seem to beckon one to enter. Could the “bulletproof wolf” escape into one of these portals at the time he is shot, only to re-emerge refreshed and unhurt?

Caves and Buildings

Skinwalker Ranch, previously known as Sherman Ranch, was owned by Terry and Gwen Sherman.  There are two caves on the ranch; one is 4 to 5 feet tall and reaches about 15 feet deep into the mesa. I could find nothing about the dimensions of the other, only that it exists. Besides the ranch house, there’s an abandoned house on the property, which seems to draw a lot of strange beings and paranormal activities. Why only THAT house has those reports about weird things is unknown, but they’ve been reported by numerous people.

Cattle Mutilations

In one instance, the body of a still-warm calf was found with the rectum cored out and no blood visible on the scene. The calf had been seen by the ranch’s owner, Terry Sherman at that time, only moments before its discovery in that condition. There were disappearances of cattle, and no, they didn’t wander off to the neighboring property. They simply disappeared never to be seen again. The final act that caused the Shermans to no longer live on the ranch, was when three of their dogs chased blue lights into the woods and never came back. The next day they tracked the dogs and found three greasy blobs on the grass. The couple feared for the safety of their children and decided it was time to leave. They put the ranch up for sale, but didn’t want anyone buying it to be endangered. A man expressed interest because he was interested in outer space and the possibility of alien life. That man was Robert Bigelow, who now owns the ranch. Bigelow is the founder and owner of Bigelow Aerospace. Is it possible some of the UFO sightings, strange humming noises and other unexplained occurrences are what convinced him to buy the place?

Investigative Reporter George Knapp

Skinwalker Ranch, has been investigated and the results documented by MUFON (Mutual Unidentified Flying Object Network), NIDS (Network Intrusion Detection Systems) , and individual investigators, such as Nevada writer and television journalist George Knapp. Nothing has ever been proved, but these agencies or Knapp could tell you, if they would, there’s definitely something odd going on out there.

Investigative Journalist, Writer and Reporter,
George Knapp

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Journalist and Investigative Reporter George Knapp earned five regional Edward R. Murrow awards and a national Edward R. Murrow award for his investigative stories on the voter registration fraud in the Clark County election of 2004.

Knapp won the prestigious Peabody Award twice and 19 Emmy Awards.   He is the winner  nine times of the Mark Twain Award for best news writing from the Associated Press. In 1990, his series about UFOs was selected by United Press International as best in the nation for Individual Achievement by a Journalist.
Knapp’s book, co-written by Colm A. Kelleher PHD,  about the “Hunt for the Skinwalker” is available for purchase below.

Hunt for the Skinwalker: Science Confronts the Unexplained at a Remote Ranch in Utah by Colm A. Kelleher Ph.D. (2005-12-06)


Part 1 of a series of 6 interviews

with Reporter George Knapp




Part 2 of a Series of 6 videos about the Skinwalker Ranch




Check Youtube for the remainder of the 6 interviews: Skinwalker Ranch Interviews.

Books on the subject of Skinwalker, both of the legend told by Native Americans, and of the Ranch, may be found here: