I had the pleasure of spending some time in Iowa last week (that's me, at left, in Iowa City, home of the University of Iowa). I was there to interview Kevin Randle for the our cattle mutilation documentary, Fields of Fear.
While Kevin is probably best known in the UFO world as one of the leading Roswell proponents, he's done work on, and researched, many other cases and aspects of the UFO phenomenon (most notably, abductions - see his book The Adbuction Enigma, co-written with Russ Estes and Dr. William Cone), including cattle mutes, which he investigated for APRO back in the 1970s (even before Linda Moulton Howe became involved in the subject).
Despite being a supporter of the ETH (which should be obvious to anyone who knows his views on Roswell), Kevin came to the conclusion back then, and it is a conclusion that he still holds to today, that there was nothing alien about the cattle mutilations; indeed, there was nothing anomalous about them at all. They could be explained, as the Rommel report stated (and as virtually every scientist and veterinarian who has studied the subject before and since has concluded), as the work of predators and scavengers, with the odd hoax and scam mixed in (for those curious as to what I make of mutes, you'll have to wait for the film to come out).
As always, Kevin was a great interview - witty, informed, and well-spoken. I may not always agree with him, but he's one of those ufologists for whom I have a great deal of respect. Thanks, Kevin, for taking the time out to chat with us - and for the fascinating back and forth re: some of history's great battles, a subject we both enjoy (he may be the only ufologist who knows the difference between Adowa and Islandhwana, although I'm pretty sure Karl Pflock and Brad Sparks would also fall into that group).
A non-UFO related note: one area where he and I tend to agree (in broad strokes, if not in every detail) is the Iraq war. Anyone interested in a first-hand view of the war, from someone who was actually there (and not a journalist or a politician on a "fact-finding" mission), should check out Kevin's latest blog effort, http://www.iraqwarperspective.blogspot.com/ (the photo above comes from his blog). It's important to have all sides of a story, and lately we seem to be getting just the bad side. Kevin's blog promises to be an informative source of information about... well, the other side of the truth.