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Steve O
(HechoEnDetroit) - F

Locale: South Kak
"Hiker Falls 200 Feet After Bee Attack" in AZ on 05/20/2008 13:00:07 MDT Print View

http://www.kpho.com/news/16338134/detail.html

Andrew Richardson
(arichardson6) - F

Locale: North East
Re: "Hiker Falls 200 Feet After Bee Attack" in AZ on 05/20/2008 13:21:14 MDT Print View

oh. my. god.

That friggin' sucks. I really don't know what else to say. I feel like keeping a shirt on during a bee attack isn't a bad idea, but of course, I'm not being being swarmed by bees right now or this post would look like:

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Poor guy. I love how the friggin bees stayed with him for the fall too and then kept rescuers away. Talk about a bad day!

Dylan Skola
(phageghost) - F

Locale: Southern California
Re:Hiker Falls 200 Feet After Bee Attack" in AZ on 05/20/2008 14:39:55 MDT Print View

Yeah, just reflect . . . whatever happens to you today . . . you aren't that guy.

Not to open any worm-cans but this was interesting:

"Rangel said the best thing to bring on a hike is a cell phone."

Any UL bee-proof suits out there? ;)

Edited by phageghost on 05/20/2008 14:43:13 MDT.

Jon Rhoderick
(hotrhoddudeguy) - F - M

Locale: New England
Re: "Hiker Falls 200 Feet After Bee Attack" in AZ on 05/20/2008 14:55:11 MDT Print View

Not his lucky day

reminds me of that scene from Bushwhacked when the guy plays football only to find out its a hive. classic movie

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: "Hiker Falls 200 Feet After Bee Attack" in AZ on 05/20/2008 15:15:35 MDT Print View

Strange they didn't mention whether or not the bees were Africanized. The reported aggression makes me think so.

Charles G.
(Rincon) - M

Locale: Desert Southwest
Hiker Falls 200 Feet After Bee Attack" in AZ on 05/20/2008 17:09:36 MDT Print View

Almost all of the bees in SE Arizona are Africanized. Spring is the time of the year that they are swarming and aggressively defending their hives. If a person stumbles into a hive, they have a problem (the person, not the bees).

Edited by Rincon on 05/20/2008 17:10:28 MDT.

Brett Tucker
(blister-free) - F

Locale: Puertecito ruins
Re: Hiker Falls 200 Feet After Bee Attack" in AZ on 05/20/2008 22:44:32 MDT Print View

>>Almost all of the bees in SE Arizona are Africanized<<

Sources?

Ryan Hutchins
(ryan_hutchins) - F

Locale: Somewhere out there
Re: Re: Hiker Falls 200 Feet After Bee Attack" in AZ on 05/21/2008 09:52:25 MDT Print View

I just had a run in with a swarm in Tucson, and did some research.
Lightweight bee hoods:
http://www.stingshield.com/index.html

Sting shield also provides a lot of info and maps describing range. The city of Tucson and the USDA consider the entire state population of bees africanized and to no collect reports of incidents any longer because they simply assume every bee is an africanized bee. This was conveyed to my wife who called to report the swarm.
The following map (from:http://ars.usda.gov/Research/docs.htm?docid=11059&page=6) shows the range of the AHB:
USDA ARS Tucson africanized bee map

Stingshield may have suits to, or you can get different weight suits at www.beesuitscheep.com

Hope that helps. Glad to hear that this fellow will be OK. I wouldn't wish this on anyone.

Edited by ryan_hutchins on 05/21/2008 09:54:41 MDT.

Brett Tucker
(blister-free) - F

Locale: Puertecito ruins
Re: Re: Re: Hiker Falls 200 Feet After Bee Attack" in AZ on 05/21/2008 11:27:55 MDT Print View

Africanized honey bees. Not wasps, bumble bees, etc. Just to clarify for anyone alarmed by this discussion.

I, for one, would not have put any stock in the all-africanized claims, at least based on personal experiences in that region, along the Arizona Trail and Grand Enchantment Trail, and living on and off in Tucson. Even relatively up-close, "I can hear the swarm buzzing" sort of encounters rarely lead to attacks. And honey bees not defending their hives, such as at water sources, tend to be utterly placid in character. No moleste y no moleste.

Edited by blister-free on 05/21/2008 11:32:27 MDT.

Michael Gardner
(ekim765) - F

Locale: Southeast
Hiker Falls 200 Feet After Bee Attack" in AZ on 05/21/2008 14:18:11 MDT Print View

As if the bee stings and the 200 ft. bounce wern't enough for the poor guy, the fire captain said he was also tangled in Cholla Catus as well... sheeesh!OUCH!!

Edited by ekim765 on 05/21/2008 14:19:34 MDT.