Stolen hives. You can help. A new program.

(The following is brought to us by CATCH THE BUZZ (Kim Flottum) Bee Culture, The Magazine of American Beekeeping, published by A.I. Root Company.) 

More colonies lifted from almond orchard.  168 branded  hives were stolen out of the almond orchards out in Fresno Co. around the 1st of March. There’s a reward of $5,000 towards the recovery/conviction of the theft. 24 hives had a branded lid "TALBOTT" that were stolen as well as 144 hives that were branded "TALBOTT" on the lid, box and pallet. Any help would be greatly appreciated.  ContactJan Talbott, 100 S Bradford Street, Kimball, SD 57355PHONE 605-778-6427.

Unfortunately, the program below wasn’t in place. If you know of the location of these hives, please contact the beekeeper. Stealing hives…how low can you go…

But, maybe this will help in the future. With American recovery rates for stolen farm equipment averaging just 8% and lower for livestock, a Midwest detective aims to raise this figure with an Internet-based crime watch-style program designed for sparsely populated rural regions.

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