As many as 8,000 mink have escaped from farms in Pennsylvania, posing a serious threat to local wildlife and pets.
Reports say that between midnight and 7 a.m. Sunday, unknown vandals sneaked into a fur farm in Rockefeller Township and cut a hole in the fence surrounding the enclosure. Pennsylvania State Police.
Between 6,000 and 8,000 mink broke out of their cages and fled into a wooded area about 135 miles northwest of Allentown.
The escape begins an intense investigation in which many agencies race against time to recapture Itachi.
The tiny creatures are known as one of the state’s “most efficient predators,” according to the report. Pennsylvania Game Commission.
“They are agile and ferocious fighters, killing their prey with a hard bite to the back of the skull,” the government said.
Their favorite foods include mice, voles, and muskrats, and they have been known to hunt rabbits, poultry, and fish, but they will eat anything they can get their hands on.
“In general, mink are opportunistic and will eat whatever they can most easily catch or find,” PGC said.
Sunbury Veterinary Hospital has warned residents to stay away from mink due to their aggressive nature.
“If a mink approaches, move away. If possible, keep all pets indoors. Supervise your pets when they are outside,” the hospital says. he said on Facebook.
“If someone traps a mink, they could be taken to a veterinary hospital, alive or dead. Again, do not approach these animals or try to catch them by hand.”
Some of the mink have been recovered, but rescuers have not yet introduced females to the escaped population rampaging through the town.
The problem is so serious that state Sen. Linda Schlegel Culver (R) and state Rep. Michael Stender (R) set up a hotline to promote mink hunting.
Police are continuing to search for the culprit, who is expected to be charged with agricultural mischief.
Last year, 10,000 mink were released in similar circumstances after vandals destroyed a fence around a farm in Ohio.
Many of the animals were killed by speeding cars before they could enjoy their newfound freedom.