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Friday, May 31, 2013

Bees Confiscated or Destroyed by the Illinois

This story caught my attention because bees are high on my list of animals I would eventually like to have and I had no idea that some, if not all bee keepers must notify the government about their bees and that their bees are subject to inspection and confiscation.

Source: Northwest Illinois' Prairie Advocate

Terrence Ingram reported the theft of $5000 of his bees and bee hives after Illinois Department of Agriculture inspector Susan Kivikko examined his apiary and determined that “foulbrood [was] present” in 15 samples of his bee colonies. Ingram later received a “Disease Notice” and a copy of the “Bee Disease Diagnosis” submitted by Kivikko to the USDA Bee research Laboratory in Maryland. Ingram was later informed that his apiary was infected with foulbrood, and that treatment by burning was ordered in accordance with Sec. 60.50(b) of the Illinois Bees and Apiaries Act.

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