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Last Updated: Friday, 31 August 2007, 20:26 GMT 21:26 UK
Finnish farmers hunt freed mink
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The minks are said to be a threat to local birdlife.
Farmers have been chasing thousands of minks in western Finland, after the animals were released from their cages at a fur farm.

Some 2,500 minks were set free from the farm near Vaasa, north-west of the capital Helsinki.

Around half of the animals have been recaptured, but there are fears the rest could pose a threat to birdlife.

Police say they have no firm evidence of the culprits but suspect animal rights activists.

Police said the letters EVR were spray-painted onto a silo at the farm - which stands for the Animal Liberation Front in Finnish.

"We have some clues about possible culprits," Sgt Mika Jylha told Associated Press.

The mink farm is not fenced and the cages the animals were kept in were not locked.

The minks were released between midnight and 0400, police said.

Finland is one of Europe's top fur producers.

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