Mystery Stalks the Prairie was published in 1976 by Keith Wolverton, a sheriff's deputy in Cascade County, Montana. He wrote the book to document numerous incidents of cattle mutilations and UFOs that he had investigated—and that could not be explained.
Mystery became an instant classic—the first book to seriously examine cattle mutilations and related UFO reports. Nearly a half century later, Mystery remains the touchstone for similar investigations around the world.
This updated and expanded edition features a new epilogue by Wolverton that describes his research since the publication of Mystery, and a 2016 interview with Wolverton and Pete Howard, another Montana sheriff who investigated cattle mutilations and UFOs and who witnessed “men in black” confiscate radar evidence of a UFO.
An introduction to this edition by Joan Bird, author of Montana UFOs and Extraterrestrials, describes the enduring importance of Mystery; the status of UFO reports and cattle mutilations; and a little-known cattle mutilation on Montana's Blackfeet Indian Reservation in 1947 that included tribal elders describing earlier visits by extraterrestrials.
Keith Wolverton was a Captain with the Cascade County (Montana) Sheriff's Department from the 1960s until his retirement in the 1980s. The events in Mystery Stalks the Prairie represent countless hours of research and investigation on the part of Captain Wolverton and his fellow officers. He died in 2019.
The new introduction is written by Dr. Joan Bird, a longtime advocate of the existence of UFOs and related phenomena and the author of Montana UFOs and Extraterrestrials (Riverbend Publishing, 2012).
The interview transcribed in the new edition with Wolverton and fellow county sheriff Pete Howard was conducted by Dr. Richard O'Connor, an anesthesiologist in Helena, Montana, who is active in UFO research. He started the Jesse A. Marcel Library for UFO research and discussions in Helena. The library was named after the Army major who investigated the 1947 Roswell, New Mexico, UFO crash. For many years Dr. O'Connor worked with Marcel's son, also a Helena doctor, and often had heard the son tell of his father showing him strange pieces of debris from the UFO crash site.
Introduction by Joan Bird7
Mystery Stalks the Prairie23 to 162
Epilogue by Keith Wolverton163
Interview with Keith Wolverton and Pete Howard 171