Form 97-AR
Date: Sat, 01 Oct 2005

From: Joan Woodward, Animal Reaction Specialist
Subject: Langenburg, Saskatchewan, Canada, September 1, 1974

Cat: 4


Animal Reaction Feature:

During the time that 5 flat bottomed, spinning domed objects were hovering 12 to 18 inches above the grass, cattle in a nearby field were reported to have been bellowing and to have broken through a fence in four places.  [Observations of the objects and of the cattle were made independently by different people. The direction in which the cattle were moving relative to the objects was not stated.—jw]


The sighting:

At 10 a.m. on an overcast Sunday morning, while working a swather in a field, 36-year old Edwin Fuhr noticed a metal dome 50 feet away in a grassy area.  He got off the swather and walked to within 15 feet of a flat-bottomed dome that was 12-15 feet off the ground and spinning very fast.  The grass was moving at the base of the object.  Fuhr backed up to his swather, which was still running, and climbed into the seat where he saw four more identical objects, all with the grass moving at the base as they spun.  He could see what appeared to be grooves of a slightly darker color on the spinning dome but could see no other surface details.  Later measurements of marks in the grass indicated the diameters of the domes were roughly 10 feet.


The objects ascended in a step formation to about 200 feet where they stopped, a 6 foot long puff of dark gray “vapor” came from an exhaust like extension on the base of each.  Following the appearance of the vapor was a downward gust of wind.  The objects remained in a perfect line for 1-2 minutes, then suddenly ascended into low clouds.


Because of the noise of the swather engine, Fuhr did not know if there was sound associated with the domes.


EM effects are questionable.  When Fuhr returned and tried to put the swather into gear and to move the steering wheel, but he could not, but he admits it could have been his fear rather than a case of the swather not operating properly.


No physiological effects were reported.  Physical traces were left in the grass.



A.P.R.O. Bulletin, v. 23, no. 2, September, October 1974, p. 8 [with picture of disturbed


Hall, Richard H., 2001, The UFO Evidence, Vol. II, Lanham, MD, Scarecrow Press, p. 48-49.  Account from following sources: 

                                                International UFO Reporter (March-April 1992): 4-11.

                                                Flying Saucer Review (London), 20(3), (1974): 32-33.

                                                Skylook (MUFON), (October 1974): 4

Rutkowski, Chris, and John P. Timmerman, 1992, Langenburg, 1974: A Classic Historical CE2 and a Crop Circle Progenitor?  International UFO Reporter, Vol. 17, no. 2, March/April 1992, pages 4-11 [section regarding this report attached—jw].

Rutkowski, Chris, and John P. Timmerman, 1992, Langenburg, 1974: A Classic Historical CE2 and a Crop Circle Progenitor?  International UFO Reporter, Vol. 17, no. 2, March/April 1992, pages 4-11.


[Only the summary of the Langenburg event is reproduced here (pages 4-6) from a more extensive paper on crop circles (or saucer nests)—jw]




On September 18, 1974, J. Allen Hynek received a newspaper clipping about the Langenburg incident from a correspondent in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  He conferred with Ted Phillips, then began making inquiries in Saskatchewan about the case.  Because it seemed like a good case, arrangements were made for Phillips to travel to Langenburg on September 21.  Phillips interviewed the witness, Edwin Fuhr, as well as Fuhr’s mother and the investigating RCMP officer, Ron Morier.

     The summary of the event is as follows, from Phillips’ report:


Shortly after 10 on Sunday morning, September 1, 1974, Edwin Fuhr, a 36-year-old farmer, began harvesting his rape crop in a field located some 1,500 ft. south of his home.  After Fuhr had been swathing for nearly an hour he was closing on a slough located at the south end of the field.  As he approached the slough he slowed the swather to a crawl, looked up to check his position relative to the grassy area and saw a metal dome about 50 ft. away, sitting in the grassy area between the slough and the crop area.  At first he thought it was a metal goose blind.  He stopped the swather and walked to within 15 ft. of the object.

     As he approached the metal dome he noticed that the grass around the base was moving and the object itself was spinning at a high rate of speed.  Fuhr became quite frightened and backed away toward the swather which was still running at full throttle.

     When he reached the swather he moved behind it and climbed up to the seat.  At this point he could see the spinning dome from a slightly higher elevation.  As he glanced to the left he saw four more metal domes, all the same size and all were spinning.  They seemed to be hovering 12 to 18 inches above ground level.  The grass was moving at the base of each object.  Two of the objects (3 & 4) were very near each other.  The objects were arranged in a rough semi-circle around the slough.  He could hear no sound as the swather was running.

     As he watched he could see what appeared to be grooves of a slightly darker color on the spinning dome; no other surface details were seen.  Fuhr tried to push the swather into gear but couldn’t move the throttle or the steering wheel.  He admits that he can’t be sure if he was just weak from extreme fear or if the swather was not reaction properly to the touch.

     After watching for what seemed to be several minutes, the objects suddenly burst into the air.  The near object (1) left the ground first, followed by the remaining four (5 ascending last).  The objects ascended in a step formation into the overcast sky.  Suddenly, at about 200 ft. they stopped, a puff of dark gray “vapor” was seen coming from exhaust-like extensions located at the base of each of the objects.  The vapor was about 6 ft. in length and was followed by a downward gust of wind which almost knocked Fuhr’s hat off and flattened the rape that was standing in the immediate area.  The ascent took only seconds, after reaching the 200 ft. altitude the objects formed a perfect line and remained stationary for perhaps 1 to 2 minutes.  They suddenly ascended into the low cloud cover and disappeared.  Fuhr remained on the swather for at least 2 minutes after they were gone.

     Fuhr learned later that cattle in a nearby field were bellowing and had broken through a fence in four places at about the time of the sighting!

     After the ascent, Fuhr went to the landing area and found five rings of depressed grass.  The #2 site had what appeared to be probe areas where the grass was depressed in 3 ft. long areas leading away from the ring on the north side.  The grass was swirled in a clockwise fashion at all the sites.  The grass was not dead and had not been heated or burned.



[Table on page 10 indicates the impressions in the grass indicate diameters of  8 feet in one case and 10-11 feet in the other four.—jw]