For nearly 60 years, George Rykola has raised mink on this quiet, bucolic farm in rural Cambria County.
He and his wife, Anna, live next door to thousands of mink they keep and pelt for market. Their relatives live close, too, and help on the farm about 90 minutes east of Pittsburgh.
“We’ve always lived a peaceful life here,” Mr. Rykola, 92, said.
That is until early Wednesday morning, when he learned someone had come on his property overnight and released hundreds of mink from their cages, prompting a police investigation and sudden media attention.