The local sheriff stated that Vandalism had freed thousands upon thousands of mink from a rural northeast Ohio farm. An estimated 10,000 small carnivorous mammals were left unaccounted for Tuesday evening.
Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas Riggenbach said that so many minks were killed crossing the road nearby, that a plow had to be brought in to remove them.
Riggenbach stated that the property owner originally estimated that between 25,000 and 40,000 mink were freed from their Lion Farms cages. He said that employees at the farm were capable of relocating many mink to the property, which is located less than 15 miles from Indiana’s state line.
He refused to talk about the motives for overnight vandalism, or identify any suspects as his office investigates.
WANE-TV was told by a farm manager that someone had left a spray-painted message with the letters “ALF”, and the phrase “we’ll be back.”
The Animal Liberation Front, also known as the Animal Liberation Front, claimed responsibility for the release of a smaller number mink at the farm in an earlier incident many years ago. This was reported by the Times Bulletin.
Tuesday’s calls to the listed phone number for the farm went unanswered. The phone was not accepting messages.
Initial warnings from the sheriff’s office to residents of the area about mink attacks on poultry flocks, pets, and koi-ponds were issued. However, the office later stated that mink freed from captivity are domesticated and unlikely to have the survival skills needed to survive in the wild.
The sheriff advised anyone spotting them to not approach them and to contact the trappers or farm for their capture. He advised residents that they must be familiar with the rules and exemptions in their region before they hunt or trap mink.