Stung again

Another theft of bee hives

Another theft of bee hives

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THIEVES have struck again at another East Coast beekeeping operation.

The small-scale beekeepers lost 15 hives from a paddock on the Tuparoa Road near Ruatoria some time in the past two to three weeks.

It is the third sizeable beehive theft on the Coast in the past few months.

“We went to the paddock earlier this week and found the hives gone and it’s gutted us,” one of the owners said.

“We’re only a small-scale operation and each hive represents an important part of our income. “They’re stealing a man’s livelihood.”

The theft has been reported to Ruatoria police.

“Most of the mostly grey-coloured hives are branded with the number D6741 and we hope someone sees them around and reports it to police.”

“We have now decided to microchip our hives because we are just so vulnerable to theft.

THIEVES have struck again at another East Coast beekeeping operation.

The small-scale beekeepers lost 15 hives from a paddock on the Tuparoa Road near Ruatoria some time in the past two to three weeks.

It is the third sizeable beehive theft on the Coast in the past few months.

“We went to the paddock earlier this week and found the hives gone and it’s gutted us,” one of the owners said.

“We’re only a small-scale operation and each hive represents an important part of our income. “They’re stealing a man’s livelihood.”

The theft has been reported to Ruatoria police.

“Most of the mostly grey-coloured hives are branded with the number D6741 and we hope someone sees them around and reports it to police.”

“We have now decided to microchip our hives because we are just so vulnerable to theft.

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