Manitoba

Honey bee farmer loses 1000s of bees in suspected poisoning

RCMP in southwestern Manitoba are trying to find out who poisoned thousands of honey bees near Brandon, Man., in recent weeks.
Brandon RCMP say they're investigating a report that hundreds of honey-producing bee hives were poisoned sometime between Aug. 14 and Sept. 3. (Andy Duback/Associated Press)

RCMP in southwestern Manitoba are trying to find out who poisoned thousands of honey bees near Brandon, Man., in recent weeks.

One of the 60 bee hives that Jason Loewen lost to a possible poisoning. (Courtesy Jason Loewen/CBC)
Jason Loewen, who owns the bee farm, said about 60 honey-producing bee hives are a total loss. He estimates the financial impact to be about $40,000.

Brandon RCMP said the poisoning happened sometime between Aug. 14 and Sept. 3. Hives at two separate locations were targeted, about 10 to 16 kilometres northwest of Brandon in the Rural Municipality of Elton.

Anyone with information is asked to call Brandon RCMP at 204-726-7522 or call Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) if they want to remain anonymous.

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