July 17, 2017 03:17 PM
Around 30,000 to 40,000 mink were reportedly released into the wild after vandals entered the property at a farm that raises the animals for pelts near Eden Valley, the Stearns County Sheriff's Department says.
According to a release, deputies responded to a burglary/vandalism report at around 5:36 a.m. Monday at Lang Farms LLC, located about two-and-half miles northwest of Eden Valley.
There, it was determined that sometime Sunday night or Monday morning, unknown person or persons dismantled the areas of exterior fence that surrounds the barn and released the mink from their cages.
Because the mink have been domesticated, the release states they will not survive in the wild. The value of the loss is reported to be over $750,000.
Residents in the are who come across mink are asked not to approach them because they may bite.
Instead, they are asked to call Lang Farms at 320-453-4750 so that they can be recaptured by veteran mink handlers.
Created: July 17, 2017 03:17 PM
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