Arizona hiker dies after being stung by 1,000 bees

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    Arizona hiker dies after being stung by 1,000 bees
    USA Today Network Danielle Quijada, The Arizona Republic 6:35 a.m. EDT May 27, 2016
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    PHOENIX — A 23-year-old Louisiana man died after being attacked by bees Thursday morning as he and a friend were hiking within Usery Mountain Park in Mesa, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said.

    A medical exam determined the man had been stung more than 1,000 times, officials said.

    Just after 9 a.m., Alex Bestler and his friend were hiking the Merkle Trail when a large swarm of bees appeared without warning.

    The friend was able to safely make it to a nearby restroom, but Bestler was overtaken by the swarm before he could find shelter, the Sheriff's Office said.



    Another hiker and park employees approached Bestler and found him on the ground covered in bees. They tried to approach him, but the aggressiveness of the bees forced them to stay back, the Sheriff's Office said.

    Two Rural Metro firefighters, a Sheriff's Office sergeant, park employees and the other hiker were able to move him onto a Sheriff's Office utility-terrain vehicle, despite Bestler still being covered in bees.

    Bestler was transported to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

    The area on Merkle Trail where the incident took place was closed to the public Thursday afternoon for evaluation, the Sheriff's Office said.

    “These attacks are becoming more frequent and I urge the public to be aware of their surroundings when out in these areas," Sheriff Joe Arpaio said in a statement.
     
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    Saw that on the news this morning. What a ****ty way to go. Especially when visiting from out of town...
     
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    Man that would suck. Prayers for his family.









    That being said... because I'm a **** and in the fast lane to hell, this story is an Okie Corral comedy goldmine!

    "Even before I clicked the link, I knew it was those bees."

    "Trump's Wall will keep out killer-immigrant-southern-border-crossing-bees!"

    "Killer Bees: doing the jobs American bees won't do"


    Actually that last one is kind of true... Africanized bees are much less prone to colony collapse. So if we like things like FOOD, we better learn to live with 'em.
     
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    Don't gotta outrun the bees, buddy, just you.
     
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    And not one call for a ban on assault stingers...?
     
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    Even more of a reason to carry OC Spray when out and about...

    Not sure what it would do to the hive, but I'd be letting it fly...
     
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    Arapio is gonna round em all up and put em in pink hives.
     
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    It would be an interesting experiment to see if it affects the little bit****, but, you'd probably BURN, and STING at the same time...:ack:
    A fire extinguisher has a very interesting effect on stingy thingies....
     
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    Prayers for the family. Certainly a horrible way to go.
     
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    I was golfing with a friend of mine, and all of a sudden, he hit the deck and told me to get down too. Right after that, we heard a loud buzz, and a swarm of bees flew over us. :alex: I heard the buzzing a few seconds before he went to the ground, but couldn't figure out what it was.

    Lesson learned.
     
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    Could hikers carry some kind of bee spray to kill them? What an awful way to die.
     
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    I love my bees. I couldn't move anyplace that has the Africanized killers. Parking my lawn chair a foot away from my hives and watching the bees is one of my little joys...
     
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    There is no spray or concoction you could carry to fend off an attack of Africanized honeybees. Your best bet is to run away - they will pursue for some distance and start attacking others you might entcounter, but distance is your friend. Figure 600 feet or so on average, though in some cases they have been known to pursue people for miles. (A handful are likely to pursue for longer distances but the bulk should give up by 600 feet or so)

    Another option (genrally not available to hikers) is to get into a structure or vehicle. Sure a handful will get into the structure with you, but you'll be protected from the bulk of the bees.

    Be carful running by others. In Texas IIRC, a home owner found and disturbed and Africanized hive in their backyard, running away they passed a neighbors home where an elderly gentleman was on his porch. The guy who disturbed the bees was able to run far enough that the bees gave up. The old man on his porch was stung hundreds if not thousands of times and killed.
     
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    We've actually been having multiple attacks weekly. Pretty frightening.
     
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    I go shooting there regularly (Rio Salado Shooting Range in Usery Pass).

    Last exterminator I talked to said that essentially 100% of the bees in AZ are Africanized.

    I think I am going to add carb cleaner and a lighter to my EDC loadout.

     
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    http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2015/06/killer_bees_plague_arizona_in.html

    WHAT CAN PEOPLE DO?

     
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    Was you ever bit by a dead bee?
     
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