Beekeeper takes down bee colony with little damage

A small bee colony was destroyed in southern California’s Modesto County when a homeowner’s electric lawn mower struck it, authorities said Monday.

The beekeeper’s daughter found the hive on Monday afternoon when she was working on her family’s property, said Modesto Beekeeper Mark Bussin, who has a business in the town of 10,000 people.

She noticed the colony was in poor condition and called the Modesto Fire Department to report the damage, Bussins father, Mark, said in a statement.

A resident came by, found the bees nest and removed the hive, Bausins father said.

No bees were injured.

The mower driver, a 53-year-old man, was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Bose said.

Bose said the homeowner had no prior criminal record.

Bussin said his daughter’s mower was registered to the homeowner’s name, and that the beekeeper was a registered electrician with a company that installs electrical equipment in homes and businesses.

He said the mower owner had previously had no history of criminal activity.