A tragic story has just been reported after a vicious attack by vandals in California. According to reports, unknown criminals doused over 100 beehives in diesel fuel and then lit them on fire.
Mike Hickenbottom reported the attack on his property after he found the burning hives. He lives in Prunedale, California and stores the bees on his property during the winter. They help pollinate the almond trees and farms across the area.
Hickenbottom reported that neighbors recently complained about the bees being on his property in the past. Even though the bees are said to be non-aggressive, it didn't stop vandals from killing an estimated 200,000 of the creatures.
"Somebody came in here and tipped over all the boxes and sprayed them with diesel fuel - so it killed a whole bunch of bees. This damage is more than $50,000 dollars. It's supposed to be the money I collect next month is for the rest of the year for my family," said the owner of the hives.
At this time, police are searching all possible leads. It is especially sad because the honeybee population has been on the decline in recent years. Bees play an important role in our world and contribute to growing numerous crops. Prunedale is located roughly 100 miles south of San Francisco. The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.
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