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Sheriff blames animal rights activists for 35,000 lost mink

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 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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