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Mink Farm Broken Into, Animals Released

Mink Farm Broken Into, Animals Released Click to Enlarge Photo: Associated Press

Jul 18, 2017 at 4:22 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - Someone broke into a Stearns County mink farm and let thousands of the animals loose, according to the sheriff's office.

Investigators say someone entered Lang Farms LLC, near Eden Valley, sometime between 10:30 Sunday night and 5:30 Monday morning and took down parts of the exterior fence that surrounds the barns.

All the mink were released from their cages, approximately 30,000 to 40,000.

The value of the loss is estimated at $750,000.

People are advised not to approach the mink because they might bite.

Anyone who comes across some of the animals is asked to call Lang Farms (320-453-4750) so they can come out and recapture them.

Officials say the animals will not survive in the wild because they were domesticated.

The release of the mink took place next to a wildlife management area and a wilderness preservation area.

Officials say the release of the mink will have a negative impact on the surrounding wildlife population.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the Stearns County Sheriff's Office at 320-251-4240, or Tri-County Crimestoppers at 800-255-1301.

 

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