Battle Over Beekeeping In Los Angeles

MSN Entertainment    2/12/14

The City of Los Angeles is buzzing over a proposal to allow urban beekeeping despite concerns over killer bees.  On Wednesday the City Council will vote on whether to begin the process of granting bees legal status in LA's residential areas.  View Video.

[NOTE from William Lewis, President of the California State Beekeepers Association and past President of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association: "I am certainly in support of bees in the city, but only if Best Management Practices, which was provided to the city planners, are adhered to which means "known gentle genetics".  I don't think this can be achieved by keeping local feral colonies.  I have not seen proof that they are well behaved and in my experience, the ferals I catch have turned out to be very aggressive."] 

"To just haul them (feral bees) out of the fences and stick them in the backyard, that's not a good idea," said Eric Mussen, a bee expert at the University of California, Davis.

See this link for guidelines for Best Management Practices.

See this link for more information on Africanized Honey Bees