The Barron County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a case where a tree stand was tore down and vandalized in the Prairie Farm area of Barron County.

It appears  this may be tied to several other cases in Dunn County where hunting stands and trail cameras were damaged, tore down or vandalized, according to Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald.

"While these are all active cases, there may be a possible connection to a group called Animal Liberation Front," Fitzgerald said.

The Animal Liberation Front is an international, leaderless resistance that engages in the direct action in the pursuit of animal rights.

"As we see a substantial increase in hunting over the next few weeks, 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," Fitzgerald said.

"We are asking that you do not approach anyone on your property and allow us to do that for you," Fitzgerald said.

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