TOWN OF NEW HOLSTEIN - The FBI is involved in an investigation at a farm in Calumet County.
Authorities say 2,000 mink were intentionally released on Friday night or Saturday morning.
The Calumet County Sheriff's Department knocked on Gary and Virginia Bonlander's door at 5 a.m. Saturday. Someone driving by their farm in the Town of New Holstein noticed small animals all around.
"Mink running everywhere," said Virginia Bonlander.
The Bonlanders' son immediately gathered a search crew.
"One hundred-plus people here," Virginia Bonlander said. "Ranchers from far and wide and friends from far and wide and we were running around all morning catching mink."
Dillon Halbach says he spent the day searching. He owns another mink farm nearby.
"If they crawl through here, you know, it's hard to see them," he said, pointing to high grass in a marsh.
He walked around all day with a net in hand.
"You were up to here sometimes with water," Halbach said, pointing to his waist. "Your shoes are soaked.”
About three quarters of the mink were found by Saturday evening and are back in their cages, where someone apparently didn't want them to be.
"They can't be in their right mind to let these mink go," said Virginia Bonlander. "(The mink) can't fend for themselves. They have no clue how to do it."
The Bonlander family has been farming mink since 1978. They say something like this has never happened to them before. Similar crimes have happened in other parts of Wisconsin and in other states. The Bonlander farm is listed on several websites that oppose the fur industry. Most of the Bonlanders' mink are sent to Toronto for hats, coats and jackets.
"It'd be $150-plus for a good mink," said Virginia Bonlander.
Besides damage to the cages, the Bonlanders say they don't notice anything the alleged criminal or criminals left behind in the sheds. The farm does not have a security system.
"But there will be," said Virginia Bonlander.
Halbach is taking note.
"Reality just sank in today," he said. "I mean, you never think it would happen to you or someone nearby."
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Calumet County Sheriff's Department at (920) 849-2335, or Calumet County Crime Stoppers at (877) 765-8327.
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