Sioux Falls considers beekeeping in the city

SIOUX FALLS (AP) – Councilors in Sioux Falls are considering whether to lift the city's ban on beekeeping.

Two councilors have been working on the proposal to keep beehives within city limits for nearly a year. Theresa Stehly and Janet Brekke see beekeeping as a benefit to the environment. The Argus Leader says their proposal creates a regulated system involving permits and fees along with education and training requirements.

Sioux Falls Animal Control Supervisor Julie DeJong says her officers will need to ensure they're equipped to hand bee-related emergencies, should the proposal pass at Tuesday night's meeting.

The Rapid City Journal reports that in 2016 several people were injured and a dog was killed by bees that were being raised in Sturgis that had become agitated.


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