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One of our local guys suspects the same thing, but he is a small scale hobbyist. I suspect it happens more than we know.
 

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why wouldn't you have some game cameras for something that valuable? all my outyards are land owner watched. If i had something that size i'd be using gps and solar powered live video.
unless he thinks someone gave them poison in feed?
 

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You know this is a good example of a person in need right here in our own country we could help instead of all those foreigners.

No offense to anyone.

The crime could easily be done on whoever asked how or why. And a lot of people in agriculture can't set up cameras and motion sensors, especially if they have families to feed. If someone wants to be a cheater in life they will.

But you know a couple years ago also there was a bee thief operating in CA and other areas of the southwest. That's what this reminded me of. He was a worker or something from 'abroad', and then worked for a few beekeepers. All the time he was staking out where people would keep their hives and he roamed several states taking sometimes all of someone's livelihood. When he'd go into an area, he would take literally ALL of the hives.

https://time.com/4785499/california-man-steals-bees-pavel-tveretinov/

I'm just saying that if someone wants to be a predator unfortunately there will be victims. :( And sometimes people do things to other people that really mess them up and they don't often have a reason. They just thought they saw a stepping stone and...boom. Someone else suffers.

Wouldn't be hard for people to donate a few hives to that to help him on his feet in that area. But people often won't help people out.
 

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Several commercial bee keepers on Facebook have indicated this is a well respected guy with over 20k hives. While it is not a small loss, it comprises about 1% of his hives at over 20k colonies, so likely not debilitating. Painfull I'd imagine, but not a killer blow.

Keep in mind, I'm only relaying what I have seen posted elsewhere.
 

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Mark Davis' credibility took a major hit when he said, "Round-Up is the worst thing anyone can use."

Round-Up does NOT kill bees, it may deprive bees of some forage plants at times, but it's NOT poisonous to bees.
 

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Mark Davis' credibility took a major hit when he said, "Round-Up is the worst thing anyone can use."

Round-Up does NOT kill bees, it may deprive bees of some forage plants at times, but it's NOT poisonous to bees.
So it doesn't kill them. Not disputing that.

But I had thought people claimed it made them drunk or weakened them?
 

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So it doesn't kill them. Not disputing that.

But I had thought people claimed it made them drunk or weakened them?
If it is sprayed directly on them, it may have that effect, I don't know. But I doubt bees go looking for RU'd plants to forage on since the plant is dying already.

RU is probably one of the things least likely to kill bees during the foraging season....much less than insecticides sprayed to control problem bugs in crops. I would rank birds & dragonflies higher on the list of dangers to honeybees during forage season rather than RU.
 

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Don't underestimate the long term effects of Roundup on the bees gut flora, and the resulting sub lethal effects. It may not immediately kill a bee, but it does effect the hive as a whole. I believe I have the peer review paper somewhere.

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I never trust media interpretations of peer review articles. That MAY be the article. I would advise reading the actual paper. Often the imporatant to us facts are not in the conclusion.

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