A while back I learned of a couple feral hives in my area and was thinking about learning where they are so I could attempt to capture them. But during my research I was given the answer. The answer is NO I should NOT take them or bother them.
Well, I will set out a box for the chance to taking a swarm next spring but that's as far as My conscience will allow me to go.
I know where the mother hive is now so I can set a box out close to them.
I feel better now that I've made the decision to leave them. If they are strong and resistant to mites, then my own bees will be strengtened. I have a mix of italians and blacks this year....