NEW HOLSTEIN, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News) The FBI is helping local authorities investigate the release of 2,000 mink from a fur farm near New Holstein in eastern Wisconsin. Calumet County sheriff's deputies were called late Saturday afternoon to Bonlander Furs, after mink were spotted on a roadway.
Co-owner Virginia Bonlander told the Appleton Post-Crescent that about 1,500 of the loose mink were captured almost right away. About 100 friends, relatives, and other mink farmers helped retrieve the mink by hand, and with traps. Bonlander said the people who released the mink probably had an agenda.
Wisconsin mink farms have previously been targeted by animal rights' protestors, some of whom have endorsed the farms' destruction. The Bonlander farm has around 5,000 mink. Most of it goes to Toronto to make coats, jackets, and hats.