Skinwalker Ranch Owner Reveals UFO Hotspot Is Wired With Sensors and Cameras

The once secret owner of purported Utah UFO hotspot Skinwalker Ranch has stepped forward, describing a bevy of sensors and cameras he's installed on the site for the collection of evidence related to anomalous phenomena, including UAP, or Unidentified Aerial Phenomena.

In 2016, Brandon Fugal, 46, a Utahn real estate tycoon, bought the 512 acre property from its former owner, aerospace billionaire Robert Bigelow, who also sought out anomalous phenomena on the site. Officially owned by Adamantium Real Estate, Fugal's ownership remained secret until a Tuesday interview with Vice, in which Fugal described his plans for the property and its alleged mysteries, while declining to disclose how much he paid Bigelow for the property.

"Science and discovery are what drive me. It's not money. It's not that I'm obsessed with UFOs or little green men or cattle mutilations or shape-shifting demonic entities. I have no idea if aliens exist. You'd have to ask them," Fugal told Vice.

Fugal has installed sensors and cameras on the Skinwalker Ranch and has so far collected unreleased footage of "anomalous aerial phenomena," in addition to evidence of "anomalous injuries" and "transient EMF"—unexplained electrical phenomena. This, in addition to the numerous UFO sightings and previous data collected at Skinwalker Ranch by Bigelow, was not provided to Fugal as part of the purchase.

Describing the exploration of the ranch's mysteries as "the greatest science project of our time" Fugal says he's committed "significant resources" to uncovering what, if anything, is happening on the property. He intends to eventually release peer reviewed reports.

A collector of movie memorabilia—including a bullet-riddled jacket worn by Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator and Jor-El's cloak, worn by Marlon Brando in 1978's Superman—Fugal has invested in long shot, almost-science-fictional technology for the past decade. His investments included a gravitational physics project meant to produce clean energy. It didn't work out. But two consultants on Fugal's investments brought him into contact with Bigelow, eventually leading to his purchase of Skinwalker Ranch.

A 1993 representation of a UFO. Hotel magnate Robert Bigelow has investigated UFOs and other aerial phenomena for decades, including at the mysterious Skinwalker Ranch in Utah. Photo by Alfred Gescheidt/Getty Images

Those consultants, Hal Puthoff and Dr. Christopher Green, have a long history exploring anomalous subjects and have both conducted research on behalf of the CIA. According to Vice, both were involved in Bigelow's research on behalf of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Puthoff is also known for promoting pseudoscience, including infamous "psychic warrior" Uri Geller and Scientology E-meters.

In May, 2018, a statement by a purported "senior manager" within Bigelow Aerospace's Advanced Space Studies (BAASS) group was released to CBS affiliate KLAS-TV in Las Vegas, which has a long tradition of reporting on local overlaps between UFO researchers and the military. This statement described alleged observed phenomena documented at Skinwalker Ranch.

"The investigations by BAASS provided new lines of evidence showing that the UFO phenomenon was a lot more than nuts and bolts machines that interacted with military aircraft," the senior manager said. "The phenomenon also involved a whole panoply of diverse activity that included bizarre creatures, poltergeist activity, invisible entities, orbs of light, animal and human injuries and much more."

Other strange phenomena was observed by another, now defunct, Bigelow-founded organization, the National Institute for Discovery Sciences (NIDS). According to a secondhand report by astrophysicist Eric Davis, told to UFO researcher Joe Murgia and included in a lengthy Popular Mechanics investigation into the connections between Bigelow Aerospace and Pentagon UAP programs, one researcher at Skinwalker Ranch saw "a 3D object" appear in front of him and mutate from a pretzel shape to that of a Möbius strip before disappearing.

NIDS researchers also described finding mutilated cattle and mysterious beasts with yellow eyes, which were seemingly impervious to bullets.

Fugal will appear in the upcoming History Channel documentary The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch, premiering March 31.