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Thousands of bees found in overturned tree

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OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

A homeowner is now dealing with a sticky situation after he found thousands of unwanted visitors in one of his large trees.

The homeowner and neighbors in the area of 67th Street and Lamar Avenue found out bees had been calling one of the trees home for quite some time, possibly for years.

The tree, which was hollowed out and most likely weakened by the recent storms, fell overnight and it landed in Stefanie Hardacre's yard about 1:30 a.m.

She woke up to police lights and city crews picking up branches.

That would have been enough of a surprise until a city crew member motioned her to the tree.

"He turns on his flashlight and there were thousands of bees that we could see. They weren't moving. They were just still, laying on the honeycomb. This is the coolest thing, so we thought, ‘what's the next step?' You gotta call a beekeeper. We can't move this," Hardacre said.

A beekeeper was brought in and after conducting a full inspection, took a section of the tree back to his house to transfer the combs to a standard hive he uses.

"This (motions to base of tree) was exposed, actually turned up, and it rained on them, so a lot of the bees are pretty wet. Right now they're not flying. If it warmed up and the sun shined on them, you'd have a lot more bees in the air flying around than we have right now," said beekeeper Cecil Sweeney. "But also, by this tree dropping, it disoriented the group a little bit."

Sweeney suspects, based on the number of honeycombs, that between 50,000 and 60,000 bees had been calling it home.

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