Two months before they were slated to be killed by fur farmers, 300 mink
were liberated from an Oregon fur farm early Sunday morning. It was the
first in two major actions against the northwest fur industry in two nights.
24 hours later, the Rocky Mountain Fur Co. would be set on fire in
neighboring Idaho (read article here).
Early Sunday, fur farm owner Carl Salo contacted police and reported mink
were running loose on his property. Police estimate the number at 300.
While overall mink farm liberations have declined since the late-1990s,
they have surged in Oregon. This was the fourth mink liberation in Astoria
alone in the past three years. In July 2010, the Animal Liberation Front
took credit for setting fire to to several vehicles and a barn at the
Ylipelto mink farm, also in Astoria.
No group has so far taken responsibility.
- Peter Young
Anti-fur group sets animals free at Knappa farm; investigation underway
September 26, 2011
Mystery terrorists release 300 mink
By CHELSEA GORROW
Daily Asorian Daily Astorian
KNAPPA -- An estimated 300 mink were released on a farm in Knappa just
after 1 a.m. Sunday.
Clatsop County Sheriff's deputies are on high
alert for suspected 'unknown animal rights terrorists,' who have a record of
striking this time of year.
Deputies responded to the call in the
early hours of Sunday morning from a farmer, Carl Salo. He reported that his
alarm was going off and at least 100 mink were on the loose on Conroy Road.
Officers estimate approximately 300 of the animals were running wild.
The farmer, with help from friends and neighbors and eventually officers,
rounded up all but 40 of the animals.
A criminal mischief
investigation is under way.
No groups have claimed responsibility for
the attack, according to the Sheriff's office. But Sgt. Alan Palmrose said
September and October seem to be months anti-fur groups hit mink farms,
releasing and causing as much damage as possible.
In 2010, a mink
farm located near Lebanon had its security camera stolen. No mink were
released. Washington had a mink farm attack in September 2010, however, the
majority of the mink were recaptured.
In 2009, the Ylipelto Mink
Farm, near Astoria, had 300 mink released and no group claimed
In 2008, four different mink farms were hit with
several hundred mink released over the course of the crimes.
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