25,000 Bees Found Dead in a Target Parking Lot in Oregon

June 22, 2013

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This week is National Pollinator Week, but you wouldn’t know it if you stepped into the Target parking lot in Wilsonville, Oregon. There, shoppers noticed thousands of dead bumblebees scattered across the asphalt below a few dozen linden trees. Throughout the week, bees continued to fall from the trees — experts estimate that a total of 25,000 bees have been killed at that location so far. Now, the Oregon Department of Agriculture is investigating whether pesticides are to blame.

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