3 million bees confiscated from New York man’s house

By on Aug 24, 2012 in Animals, United States Comments

New York City Beekeepers members recently confiscated around 3 million bees from a house in New York, after learning that they were not registered and are becoming a health hazard within the neighborhood. Below is a photo of some of them.

Bees, swarming on one of the hives that were
seized from Yi Gin Chen’s house in New York City

Image Credit: Jeanne Noonan/New York Daily News

According to the New York Daily News on Thursday, August 23, 2012, approximately 3 million bees have been seized from the house of Chinese immigrant Yi Gin Chen in Corona, Queens, in New York City, which he claimed he started with one hive two years ago and the insects multiplied so rapidly.

As noted in the report, a handful of hives was found in part of the driveway of the two-family home and a lot more were seen in the backyard, which authorities said that there were around 45 hives all in all. One neighbor said he already called the attention of city officials once but no action was made.

“It’s gotten out of hand. I don’t have the time or resources to do this. I used to be a beekeeper in mainland China. That’s all I want to do.” Chen, 58, told the paper; insisting that he did not know about the regulations and that raising them was only his hobby; although authorities think that it could be his business.

“All rules of good urban beekeeping and of common sense have been ignored here. I thought I’ve seen it all in urban beekeeping and this surprised me.” Andrew Cote, president of the New York City Beekeepers Association, was quoted as saying, adding that the bees are not in good health when they found them.

Nevertheless, beekeeping in New York City is legal since March 2010 and beekeepers do not need to acquire licenses, but their hives should be registered and owners of unregistered hives will pay of fines of up to $2,000 each.

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