February 11, 2016

Mink released at farm in rural Jewell

Officials in northcentral Iowa are investigating vandalism at a mink farm. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a report of an incident early this morning in which several mink cages at a rural Jewell residence were opened.

Approximately 1,200 to 1,500 mink were released from those cages. Unknown persons opened pens in several buildings and let the mink loose. The sheriff’s office is being assisted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the F.B.I.

Hamilton County Sheriff Dennis Hagenson said the release of these animals is considered an act of domestic terrorism.

By Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City

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