Non-profit group topples tree to rescue bees

Author: Cory Smith, Reporter,
Published On: Jan 13 2013 05:45:20 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 13 2013 07:28:37 PM CST

A non-profit group came to the rescue of a northwest side homeowner Sunday by removing a large colony of bees inside a dead tree in her front yard.

“We can come because we're not actually going to disturb the hive much,” said Walter Schumacher of Central Texas Bee Rescue.

Crews members cut the tree in half, causing it to topple over. After it crashed to the ground and broke into dozens of large pieces, hundreds of bees flew from the hive.

Using smoke to calm the colony, crew members dressed in beekeeping suits gathered the hive and wax and put the bees into boxes. Schumacher said the operation looks harmful to the bees, but it’s not.

“If these people would have called the exterminator…he would have sprayed poison on the tree,” Schumacher said. “They would have cut the tree down and hauled away the hive that was completely dead.”

Instead, the bees will be re-introduced back into the wild in March.

Central Texas Bee Rescue wants to open an office in San Antonio. Schumacher said the rescue Sunday gave the non-profit the local buzz they need to make their dream a reality.

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