Crop circles have appeared in a wheat field located in Wilbur, Washington, not far from the nation's largest hydropower producer.
The mysterious crop circles have appeared just in time for the summer harvest, but are providing more intrigue than inconvenience.
"You can't do anything other than laugh about it," Cindy Geib, who owns the field along with her husband, Greg, told the Associated Press. "You just kind of roll with the theory it's aliens and you're special because aliens chose your spot."
The Geibs were reportedly informed of the pattern of flattened wheat was spotted off Highway 174 on July 24 when friends called them to tell them what they were looking at.
The field location is approximately five miles north of the town of Wilbur and 10 miles south of the Grand Coulee dam, which the Bureau of Reclamation says is the largest hydropower producer in the United States.
Cindy Geib told AP that the circles resemble a four-leaf clover and remind her of Mickey Mouse ears. According to the newswire, the design took over about an acre of their wheat, some which could be salvaged by combines when the harvest starts in a week or two, but some will be lost, Geib said.
The wheat field owner also said that this is not the first time crop circles have appeared in Wilbur.
Similar circular patterns were left in crops in the Wilbur area in 2010 and in 2008 or 2009, Geib said.
A public affairs officer for the Grand Coulee dam weighed in on the crop circles and told AP that while she was hadn't seen the latest discovery, she did hear of previous ones popping up.
"It seemed to be highly unusual," Lynne Brougher told the news outlet. "As I recall from a couple of years ago, there was no good explanation of how they got there."
According to AP, the circle was first reported Tuesday by Spokane station KHQ-TV.
"We're trying to figure out how they got out there without breaking any of the wheat. It's hard to walk through the crunchy wheat and not knock it down," Geib said. "At the same time, it's hard to think it's aliens. It's a bizarre thing to wrap your brain around."
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