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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Bee attack preparedness for hikers

Bee on cereus cactus

Attention trekkers, unless you've been hiding under a rock this week, you know that the hiking hazard du jour is bee attacks. Just as with snakes, bears, rabid racoons and toxic plants, it's smart to know how to avoid the perils and also what to do should you find yourself swarmed. Avoidance is the preferable option. In fact, I noticed a "bees active" sign on the Marcus Landslide Trail two weeks ago, so we avoided a rocky crevasse where the stingers are known to congregate. The link below leads to a U of A document about bee preparedness---read it all, but basically, if swarmed, you should RUN, RUN, RUN and not try to fend off the buzz by waving your arms, as this will exacerbate the attack.

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