Sheriff Blames Animal Rights Activists for 35,000 Lost Mink

Sheriff Blames Animal Rights Activists for 35,000 Lost Mink Photo: KSTP/Frank Rajkowski

July 18, 2017 11:03 PM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Authorities say 35,000 mink that were set free from a pelt farm in central Minnesota are incapable of surviving in the wild.

Advertisement – Content Continues Below

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office says someone entered the property of Lang Farms northwest in Eden Valley late Sunday or early Monday, dismantled parts of the exterior fence and then released about 35,000 mink from their cages. Eden Valley is about 75 miles northwest of Minneapolis.

Sheriff Don Gudmundson said Tuesday he believes an animal rights group released the animals, and that the FBI is investigating. He says the animals have always been caged and that hundreds of the released mink have already been found dead.

The sheriff's office says the animals are worth more than $750,000.

Gudmundson says the farm doesn't have surveillance video.


Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Relay Media Amp

Hand-crafted Republican Sign Defaced with Blue Paint in Duluth

Reasor Properties Announces Purchase of UDAC Building in Duluth

Environmental Project in Minnesota Slip Completed 2 Weeks Ahead of Schedule

WHEDA Announces HomeStyle Renovation

Holiday Cards Distributed to Local Veterans and Service Members

Superior FD Award-Winning Training Pushes to Save Lives