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These types of stories sicken me. A bee yard theft in Abbotsford, B.C. has left a beekeeper without a substantial portion of their beekeeping business.

Usually when you hear of bee yard vandalism, it’s caused by teenagers or random people (often under the influence of something) who get a kick out of damaging other people’s property. However,  when a theft occurs, it’s usually someone who knows bees and has a bee yard of their own. I really can’t believe that anyone in the beekeeping community would steal another beekeeper’s bees and equipment. I hope that this person is caught and is punished appropriately.

Full story found here.

UPDATE April 25, 2013: This link was changed, so I have updated to link to instead.

It shocked and saddened me to read this story on CBC News: Millions of bees stolen from Alberta honey producer. A beekeeper and honey producer, Bill Termeer of Alberta has had more than 150 of his hives stolen recently and suspects another beekeeper is to blame.

I can’t imagine any of the beekeepers that I’ve met either in person or online doing something like this. Beekeepers are typically such honest people but obviously there’s at least one out there that has no respect for other beekeepers.

Have you ever experienced bee theft or vandalism? Leave a comment below.

Theft of bees

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