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Intruders release 6,800 mink from St. Marys farm

Police investigating break-ins at two St. Marys fur farms

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Approximately 6,800 mink were released from a fur farm on Road 125, just north of St. Marys on July 7 or 8. A separate break-in occurred on May 30, when around 1600 mink were freed from their pens at Glenwood Fur Farm. (Canada Mink Breeders Association)

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Ontario Provincial Police are investigating a break-in at a fur farm north of St. Marys, which led to the release of 6,800 mink from their cages Tuesday night.

Kirk Rankin, president of RBR Fur Farms, said he went to work this morning and discovered mink running around "all over the place."

"I'm fed up," said Rankin. "Braindead people who apparently don't like what I do for a living. My grandfather started this farm in 1937. Maybe I don't like what some people, what they do either, but it doesn't give me the right to go and try to put them out of business and do something stupid."

Rankin said he's been rounding up the mink by hand, using fishnets and gloves. He has not been able to count how many have been returned to their cages and how many are still missing.

"They let out all the young ones. Right now it doesn't look too bad, but we haven't got it all lined up to know how many been caught yet," said Rankin.

Police said several wide openings were cut in the fence that surrounds the farm on Road 125. Four sheds were broken into sometime between 11 p.m. Tuesday and 1 a.m. Wednesday.

This is a second break-in of a commercial mink farm near St. Marys in recent months. The first was at Glenwood Fur Farms on Perth Line 9 at the end of May, when 1,600 mink were released. Most were captured and returned, but roughly 100 died from exposure to the cold, injuries from fighting or being squashed on the road.

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