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Rangers buzz from shocking crime in reservation after giant hornet’s nest used for research was stolen


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“What may seem insignificant to you may be the whole world to a savage friend.”

The rangers at the Fresh Pond Preserve are asking the public for help, trying to locate a man who stole this hornet’s nest by sawing off a branch from one of the trees in the reserve. Screenshot

Rangers at the City of Cambridge’s Fresh Pond Preserve are asking the public for help in locating the man who stole a hornet’s nest intended for research, according to a post on the reserve’s Facebook page.

According to the statement, the man used his own saw to cut a branch of the hawthorn that held the nest on Saturday around 2:25 p.m.

Rangers said they have been posting updates on the nest all season long and intend to dissect and preserve it for educational purposes.

Ranger Tim Puopolo told Cambridge Day he intends to remove the nest this week, once temperatures drop enough to ensure proper hibernation for the queen. Most of the rest of the colony were probably already dead, according to the ranger.

Due to the location of the tree and the nest, the theft was detected by cameras in the parking lot, according to Cambridge Day.

In the Facebook post, the rangers emphasized that the reservation is public property and visitors should leave it as they find it.

“We remind everyone that Fresh Pond is for everyone and is not for making Christmas wreaths, making bouquets, or picking nuts, berries and mushrooms. What may seem insignificant to you may be the whole world for a wild friend, ”according to the Facebook post.

Anyone with information about the flight should contact Puopolo at [email protected].

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