EDEN VALLEY, Minn. – The release of an estimated 40,000 mink is now being called an incident of “domestic terrorism” by the Stearns County Sheriff.
“They are not interested in animal rights, they are interested in chaos,” Gudmundson said Tuesday morning of the people who released the mink.
Fur Commission USA, the mink farming industry group, announced Tuesday a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrests and conviction of the perpetrators.
Investigators, who now include agents of the FBI, believe more than one person dismantled the exterior fence at Lang Farm between 10:30 p.m. Sunday and 5:30 a.m. Monday.
Because of the effort required to dismantle the fence, the sheriff believes more than one person committed the crime, which is an estimated loss of $750,000 for the business that raises minks for pelts.
Evidence suggests the vandals parked about a half-mile away from the farm on a township road. They then released all the mink — between 30,000 and 40,000 — from their cages.
Dan Lang, the co-owner of the farm started by his great grandfather in 1936, said it has been a traumatic few days for family and employees.
“These people that let these mink out, they gave them a death sentence is what they did,” Lang told KARE.
He estimated at least 5,000 mink had died, either from heat stress or the chaos that ensued after the animals were released. The family shared photos of scores of dead mink in the scoop shovel of a front end loader, and others strewn on the ground. Continue Reading