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Luc Peters, an Ontario, Canada beekeeper called it a tragedy.
“If it’s happening on this scale, I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s black market bees out there,” Peters said.
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“It’s becoming more of a thing that people can do because bees are becoming more valuable because of losses to pesticides, and diseases,” Peters said.
The bees have not yet been found.
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