.05 Abandoned Apiaries.

When an apiary is deemed to be an abandoned apiary, written notice shall be given by certified mail to the owner or operator, if the owner or operator can be located, that the apiary is an abandoned apiary. If the owner or operator cannot be located, the notice shall be served on the owner of the land on which the apiary is located. If the apiary continues to be so abandoned for more than 30 days after notice is served, the Secretary shall take whatever steps are necessary including the removal or destruction, or both, of the apiary, to protect the welfare of neighboring apiaries.