Controversy surrounds bear killed by beekeeper in Chester


HAVE LED UP TO THE SHOOTING. SPRINGFIELD’S MAJOR CRIMES UNIT IS INVESTIGATING. THERE HAVE BEEN NO ARRESTS. BARRY: THERE’S A NEIGHBOR DISPUTE SURROUNDING THE ACTIONS OF A BEEKEEPER IN THE TOWN OF CHESTER. 22NEWS REPORTER MATT CARON SCOVERED WHAT HAS SOME NEIGHBORS SO UPSET. MATT CARON: ABOUT TWO WEEKS AGO THE OWNERS OF BILLY C’S RAW HONEY SHOT AND KILLED A BEAR THAT THEY CLAIM REPEATEDLY DAMAGED THEIR BEE HIVES. IT WAS A BLACK BEAR — ABOUT 180 POUNDS AND WAS DONATED TO THE MELHA SHRINERS TO BE COOKED AT A GAME BENEFIT DINNER. A NEIGHBOR CLAIMS BEE KEEPER BILLY CRAWFORD SHOULD BE PUTTING UP ELECTRIC FENCES TO DETER BEARS INSTEAD OF SHOOTING THEM. CRAWFORD TOLD 22NEWS IT’S IMPRACTICAL…BECAUSE THE LOCATION ALONG ROUTE 20 IS AN UNLOADING AREA FOR HIS HIVES AND HE CAN’T MANEUVER BIG TRUCKS AROUND ELECTRIC FENCES. CHESTER BOARD OF HEALTH CHAIRMAN NORMA MACDONALD TOLD 22NEWS CHESTER IS A “RIGHT TO FARM TOWN” AND SAYS FARMERS HAVE A RIGHT TO PROTECT THEIR LIVELIHOODS. I DO APPRECIATE THE NEIGHBORS CONCERNS. BEEKEEPING IS GOVERNED BY THE STATE AGRICULTURAL DEPARTMENT OF MASSACHUSETTS NOT THE LOCAL AUTHORITY. I HAVE DONE SOME DIGGING AND SOME RESEARCH AND HE IS PERMITTED AND INSPECTED. MATT CARON: MACDONALD TOLD 22NEWS A PETITION IS GOING AROUND TO GET THE HIVES REMOVED…

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