I agree that they should have just let the bees fly off and find a hive at a new location. But it is all about the money. They didnt want to let the bees go, so they tried to catch them. That didnt work because of economic reasons, so they drowned them with a fire hose. If its any consolation, I would be willing to bet that a couple hundred thousand of those bees made it to saftey befor the rest were drowned.