July 20, 2017 04:44 PM
The reward being offered to anyone with information on who released 30,000 to 40,000 mink from Lang Farms near Eden Valley earlier this week now stands at $11,000.
Fur Commission USA, a national trade association representing mink farmers, is offering $10,000 of that total, according to a release from the Stearns County Sheriff's Department.
Tri-County Crimestoppers is offering a $1,000 reward.
Dan Lang, the farm's co-owner, said vandals broke in by removing screws and folding down part of the six-foot tall fence that surrounds the property.
He said every pen was opened. Lang said they do try to patrol the property at night, but the farm has no security cameras.
Lang said Lang Farms has around 50,000 mink in all. Of the around 40,000 missing, he now expects to get back less than half. That could mean an economic hit of $750,000 or more to his family, and he's not sure what insurance may cover.
The Stearns County Sheriff's Department and the FBI have both confirmed they are investigating the matter. The Sheriff's Department has said it suspects an animal rights group could be responsible.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the sheriff's department at 320-251-4240 or Tri-County Crimestoppers at 1-800-255-1301.
Updated: July 20, 2017 04:44 PM
Created: July 20, 2017 01:59 PM
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