Burglars break into Minnesota mink farm, release more than 40,000 animals into the wild

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EDEN VALLEY, Minn. (KARE-TV) - Burglars who broke into a Minnesota mink farm have released upwards of 40,000 of the animals.

Around 5:30 Monday morning, the Stearns County Sheriff's Office was called to Lang Farms LLC.

They found that somebody had got through the farm's fencing and then released all the mink from the cages sometime between 10:30 p.m. Sunday and 5:30 a.m. Monday. The 40,000 animals have an estimated value of $750,000.

Authorities say because the mink are domesticated, they will not survive in the wild. Some, however, may survive for a short period of time and be loose in the area. If residents see any mink, they're asked not to approach them because they may bite.

Police in the area say they are offering a $1,000 reward is being offered for an arrest and conviction of those responsible for the crime.

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