Animal rights activists release 1,000 mink

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GIFFORD, Wash. (AP) -- The Stevens County Sheriff's Office says about 1,000 mink were released from a mink farm near Gifford by what they assume is an animal rights group.

Sheriff's Sergeant Loren Erdman says the owners of Miller's Mink Farm were able to round up nearly all of the released animals and put them back in cages. He says mink released into the wild tend to die fairly quickly.

The North American Animal Liberation Press Office says animal liberationists are taking credit for the release early Wednesday morning. But the press office says they do not know the names of the people who released the mink.