A little difficult to word my dilemma in my title... Recently there has been 'suspicious' things happening around my hives. Examples...big pieces of 4X4's that I have never seen before under and around my hives (like they were thrown there), and suddenly many dead bees on the ground in front, etc. I am suspecting my lawn crew is harassing and spraying the bees as they drive near the hives the same day they were here. We set up video cameras to record activity around two of my three hive areas yesterday. The lawn crew is due here tomorrow. I think I remember hearing that hived bees are now classified as farm animals, and thus protected by Federal/State Law? I have been told it is a felony to harass or kill these 'farm animals'. Is this correct, or is it a pipe dream? I tried to search for the statute, but the closest I could come was 828.12 protecting animals from cruelty (but I think that's for cattle). If I catch them in the act tomorrow, I plan to call the police, and would like to be able to provide them with the Law. Thanks to any and all for input!! Americasbeekeeper, Gary...I hope you see this! Thanks for being on this forum!!!