Up to 40,000 mink released from Van Wert farm

HOAGLIN TOWNSHIP — Between 25,000 and 40,000 mink were let loose early Tuesday morning at Lion Farms USA, according to the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a release, someone destroyed fencing on the farm and the carnivorous mink escaped. Mink eat primarily “fresh kills” and often hunt prey bigger than themselves.

According to the release, this can result in issues with livestock and for homeowners and property managers. Poultry ranchers and those with ornamental pods filled with koi and other fishes should take precautions against the animals.

The incident is under investigation, according to the release. Anyone with information on the incident should call the sheriff’s office at 419-238-3866 or Van Wert County Crime Stoppers at 419-238-7867.

Those who need assistance trapping the animals can contact licensed trappers David Burger at 419-203-6368, or Cody Feasby at 419-203-6239.