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Release of Mink Being Investigated


NEW HOLSTEIN, WI (WHBL) - The F-B-I is helping local authorities investigate the release of two-thousand mink from a fur farm near New Holstein.  Calumet County sheriff's deputies were called late Saturday afternoon to Bonlander Furs after mink were spotted on a road. Co-owner Virginia Bonlander told the Appleton Post-Crescent that about 15-hundred 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 five-thousand mink.  Most of it goes to Toronto to make coats, jackets, and hats.