Beekeepers are stealing each other’s hives to survive the cutthroat industry

Nearly a million-dollars worth of honeybees stolen from almond orchards in Fresno, California were located last spring. Police caught one of the thieves while he was tending to 100 of the pilfered hives; they later found his accomplice—and the 2,000 other hives the duo stole—in two other local fields. The scale of this operation is shocking. But smaller beehive heists happen all around the US every year, and the loss of even a couple of hives can seriously dent many pollination...

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