Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Beekeeper Stung by Theft of Five Million Bees from Field Worth $200,000

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Beekeeper Stung by Theft of Five Million Bees from Field Worth $200,000

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Bee heist leaves keeper in sticky situation

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MONTREAL - Quebec beekeeper Jean-Marc Labonte said on Thursday that he's in a sticky situation after thieves buzzed off with about five million of his bees.

He said he noticed on Wednesday that 180 hives were stolen from a field near Victoriaville, Que., about 150 kilometres northeast of Montreal.

The bees and hives are worth about $200,000, he said, adding he thinks they were stolen sometime between April 24-26.

"To have hives stolen like that, it's not funny at all," said the president of the family company, Miel Labonte.

As of Thursday no arrests have been made, Quebec provincial police said.

Labonte said Quebec, like many areas in North America, is suffering from a shortage of bees that for years have been decimated by disease and pesticides. …

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