TOWN OF NEW HOLSTEIN - Federal investigators are calling an alleged incident at a Calumet County farm an act of domestic terrorism.
It happened at a mink farm over the weekend.
Authorities say 2,000 mink were intentionally released.
The owners say they have recovered most of the animals, but they're still searching for at least 100 more.
Virginia Bonlander was shocked to hear she and her mink farm in the Town of New Holstein may be victims of what the FBI calls domestic terrorism.
"It's horrible, it's horrible. It's like you're targeted for anything," said Virginia Bonlander, Bonlander Furs owner.
The FBI and Calumet County Sheriff's Department say they have no leads. Authorities say early Saturday morning 2,000 mink were intentionally let out of their cages. Bonlander says about 1,500 were initially captured. She says they've been searching for the rest.
"They were all over in the mink sheds, they were on the lawn, in the field, everywhere in the road," said Bonlander.
Peter Young is a spokesperson for the Animal Liberation Front. He says the group hasn't claimed responsibility but supports the action.
"The Animal Liberation Front have been very successful in getting inside these farms, opening cages, getting the animals out, and then vanishing into the night," said Peter Young, Animal Liberation Front spokesperson.
And there's a question of survivability. The owners say the animals are mostly kept inside, and it would be very tough for the mink to make it on their own.
"They'd never make it out in the wild. They would starve. They don't know how to hunt for their own food," said Bonlander.
"Mink are genetically wild. They can survive in the wild and the fur industry claim to the contrary are simply public relations," said Young.
The DNR wildlife biologist for Calumet County told FOX 11, mink raised in captivity will have a tough time surviving in the wild.
Meanwhile, animal activists say there may be more protests.
"Within the last two and a half months, we've seen eight raids of fur farms around the U.S.," said Young.
The Bonlanders have already upgraded security. They hope whoever may have done this is caught.
"Why? Why would you do something like that. This is somebody's business," said Joe Bonlander, Bonlander Furs.
If you have any information, the Calumet County Sheriff's Department wants to hear from you. You can call (920) 849-2335.
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