- Associated Press - Saturday, June 27, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The fifth mass bee death in Portland in the past several days has state investigators on the hunt for a cause.

The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/sGQHu9) that dead and dying bumblebees littered the sidewalk in some parts of the city.

Oregon Department of Agriculture lead pesticide investigator Mike Odenthal says lab results from the earlier die-offs are expected next week.

He says the department is trying to find out whether humans did something to the bees with a pesticide or pollutant or whether there’s something strange going on with the linden tree blossoms the pollinators had been feeding on.

Every major bee die-off reported to the agriculture department in the past few years has taken place near the trees, which are often sprayed with chemicals to control

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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