Bees Swarm Pocatello High School

Reported by: Matt Gittins
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Updated: 5/20 8:26 pm
It looks like a sight right out of someone's nightmare. Exclusive video of a giant swarm of bees that gathered together in what may appear to be quite terrifying scene.

Principal Cotant, "We knew we had bees but we never knew we had a swarm"

For over a decade, Principal Cotant says they've known there's a hive inside this wall at the school Since the insects were never a threat to the students they left them alone.

Usually when there are bees at Pocatello they come from Bonneville High School dressed in green and gold ready to play the Indians in The Palace. On Tuesday, the buzz wasn't from an athlete, it came from an insect looking for a new home.

Bee keeper Floyd Layton says that it's hornets and wasps that give these honey bees a bad name.  Especially in this state of protecting their queen and looking for a new home, they're very calm and in fact very quiet. Floyd slips on a simple net as his only protection before scaling the tree to help relocate the swarm.  A simple clip of the branch and into the box they go, ready to make the move to their new hive.

Floyd estimates there are about 12,000 bees in the swarm in the tree. There are still many more inside the wall but they pose no threat to the students.
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