The 3 Craziest UFO, Odd Creature and Unexplained Happenings From Utah's Secretive Skinwalker Ranch

There's a place in America that no one knows too much about. No, it's not Area 51, though you're not too far off. Skinwalker Ranch is a secretive plot of land in the middle of Ballard, Utah. It's known for unexplained happenings, which have been considered paranormal, extraterrestrial and, overall, entirely baffling.

Stories from the ranch, which used to be part of a secret Pentagon-funded research program according to a New York Times article in 2017, run rampant online, but have always been beyond explanation. Now, the ranch has a new owner—Brandon Fugal—and he's finally ready to let outsiders in. While Skinwalker Ranch isn't open for the public to explore, they can visit virtually in the History Channel's new series, The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch. The documentary research series will air on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET.

Newsweek spoke with Fugal ahead of the series, and he admitted that owning the ranch has made him open his mind to things he may not have believed before. "For the first time in my life, I have been witness to things that defy any conventional explanation. My experiences on the ranch have forced me to re-examine my views, and to keep a more open mind," he said.

Skinwalker Ranch
Skinwalker Ranch, as captured by The History Channel. HISTORY

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In anticipation of the series' debut, here are three of the craziest happenings from the legendary UFO hotspot.

Cattle Mutilation

One of the biggest curiosities involving Skinwalker Ranch is the unexplained occurrences of meticulous cattle mutilation that have apparently happened in daylight. The source of these mutilations is unknown. The odd, gory happenings were first featured in the 2018 documentary Hunt for the Skinwalker, which focuses on the ranch and was made by filmmaker Jeremy Corbell, who's also known for the 2018 doc Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers, on Netflix.

It could be easy to claim that some common predator was responsible. But the cattle dissections have been found to be medically precise, which seems to eliminate the possibility of a wild animal.

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Cows aren't the only animals that have oddly died on the ranch, though. Even family dogs were "incinerated," according to the History Channel.

UFO Sightings

Former owners of Skinwalker Ranch claim to have spotted UFOs and even aliens seven feet tall. It's far from the only UFO-related story, and the ranch is even nicknamed "UFO Alley" by many. There are also tales of unexplained lights around the large property, which the History Channel aims to explain.

The ranch's data scientist, Travis Taylor, told Newsweek these are things that could be seen during a live stream of the ranch, as they happen often. "Watch closely and you are likely to see UFOs, strange lights in the sky appearing and vanishing, the Mesa glowing and flickering, unknown creatures wandering by, and any number of other crazy things you won't believe until you see," he said.

Unexplained Creatures

The History Channel claims people often see unidentified beasts on the property, which could be "skinwalkers." The term comes from the Navajo legend that these animal-like creatures are witches who can transform into beasts. Skinwalkers are associated with negative energies, not good witches.

In addition to the unexplained figures, a deranged and un-killable wolf is a legend on the ranch, too. It's said by some that the previous owners once saw a giant wolf attacking their cattle. When the wolf was shot, over and over again, it apparently showed no sign of pain or weakness, and ran off uninjured.

This article has been updated to clarify that Skinwalker Ranch was not owned by the Pentagon, but served as a place of Pentagon-funded research, according to the New York Times.

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