KEYC - UPDATE: Sheriff Blames Animal Rights Activists For 35,000 Lost M

UPDATE: Sheriff Blames Animal Rights Activists For 35,000 Lost Mink

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UPDATE: 11:13 a.m.
Authorities say 35,000 mink that were set free from a pelt farm in central Minnesota are incapable of surviving in the wild.
    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 (120 kilometers) 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. 
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Authorities are investigating vandalism at a mink farm in Stearns County.

The sheriff's office says someone entered the property of Lang Farms northwest of Eden Valley late Sunday or early Monday, dismantled parts of the exterior fence and then released about 35,000 mink from their cages.

Authorities say the mink that are raised for their pelts won't survive in the wild, and the value of the loss is estimated at more than $750,000.

People who come in contact with any of the animals are asked to report them, but they're also cautioned to stay away because the mink might bite.

-KEYC News 12