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Thousands of mink released from Van Wert County farm

Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach released that his Office is investigating a breaking and entering/vandalism complaint at Lion Farms USA Mink Farm in Hoaglin Township that occurred during the overnight hours of Nov. 15, 2022. Suspects destroyed fencing, and approximately 25,000 to 40,000 mink were released from their cages.

The Sheriff warned local residents and area farmers that mink are carnivorous mammals that stick to a diet consisting of fresh kills. They regularly hunt prey bigger than themselves. As a result, they can be a bothersome pest for homeowners, livestock owners, and property managers. Mink have proven to be especially costly and problematic for poultry ranchers as well as homeowners with ornamental ponds filled with koi and other fish.

The incident remains under investigation. Several Agencies assisting in the investigation are the Ohio State Patrol, Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, ODNR, EMA, and ODOT. Anyone with information about the breaking and entering is asked to contact the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office at 419-238-3866 or Van Wert County Crime Stoppers at 419-238-STOP (7867). Callers can remain anonymous when providing information.

For anyone who needs assistance in trapping nuisance animals, you may contact the following Licensed Trappers: David Burger, 419-203-6368 or Cody Feasby, 419-203-6238.

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  1. To those who released the minks. The number released will completely overrun the carrying capacity of the area. Thousands of minks will starve to death, road kills or succumb to disease. Those that live will decimate the pray populations to the point it will take years to recover. Clearly you do not have even a remedial understanding of wildlife population dynamics. You are the ones who are cruel to animals.

    • They live in a cage that drives them insane and are culled after 18 months of life. Mink are very skilled hunters but sadly most 1/2 will perish. But would you rather live free for awhile than never ever live free. Mink are smart, semi aquatic mammals that can be trained to be loyal, wonderful pets. Learn about them by watching the Minkman on YouTube!

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