PRAIRIE FARM– A tree stand that was vandalized near Prairie Farm in Barron County may be connected to similar cases in Dunn County.

"While this case alone may not warrant a press release," Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said in a statement on Friday, Nov. 8, "it appears that this may be tied to several other cases in Dunn County, where hunting stands, trail cameras were damaged, tore down and/or vandalized."

"While these are all active cases, there may be a possible connection to a group called Animal Liberation Front (ALF). The Animal Liberation Front is an international, leaderless resistance that engages in the direct action in the pursuit of animal rights," the sheriff said.

The Dunn County Sheriff's Department posted photos of a damaged deer stand on September 30 and said, "Recently the pictured deer stand was damaged in the Township of Sherman, two other deer stands were similarly damaged in the past two years in the Boyceville/Downing area. The recent damage was tagged with 'ALF' which is the acronym for Animal Liberation Front."

On October 18, the department posted photos of another vandalized stand with "Hunt the Hunters" spray painted across it in the Town of Dunn.

"The suspects also located and damages several trail cams that would have caught their actions," the department said. "We are asking that the public again stay vigilant to suspicious activity and look over deer stands prior to utilizing them."

"As we see a substantial increase in hunting over the next few weeks," Fitzgerald said, "we are asking hunters, trail riders and the general public to stay vigilant and report any vandalism or suspicious activity to local law enforcement by calling 911. We are asking that you do not approach anyone on your property and allow us to do that for you."

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