Tens of thousands of minks on a central Minnesota farm were set free from their cages and authorities need your help. It is believed that some animal rights advocates group snuck onto Lang Farms near Eden Valley sometime between 10:30pm Sunday night and 5:30am Monday morning to release them.
According to the Star Tribune:
The Sheriff’s Office put the value of the minks at more than $750,000.
“Some of the mink are dying from the stress or something else, we don’t know,” Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmundson said. “A large number will starve to death. They weren’t taught to hunt by their mother. Others will get run over on the road.”
Along with the risk of biting humans, Gudmundson said there is concern for any wildlife that come into contact with any of the minks, a species known for its angry disposition. If anyone comes upon a mink, authorities are warning the public not to approach the animal because it can bite.
Minks can be incredibly harmful, and they can also travel for miles and miles, so if you spot the animal out and about, DO NOT try to capture it yourself.
Lang Farms wants anyone who spots any of the animals to call the operation at 1-320-453-4750 so its personnel can capture them.
Anyone with information about the mass release is urged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 1-320-251-4240 or Tri-County CrimeStoppers at 1-800-225-1301.