Huge Richardson Beehive Moves Friday

By Elvira Sakmari and Andrew Tanielian
|  Thursday, Sep 20, 2012  |  Updated 11:17 PM CDT
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The beehive is located in some woods off Clear Lake Circle in Richardson and there could be a half million bees inside.

Randy McIlwain, NBC 5 News

The beehive is located in some woods off Clear Lake Circle in Richardson and there could be a half million bees inside.

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Richardson Beehive to be Moved

The City of Richardson hired a bee keeper to move a massive beehive that's home to more than 400,000 bees from a tree on Clear Lake Circle in the Canyon Creek neighborhood.
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A huge beehive discovered in a Richardson neighborhood will be moved on Friday.

Mary Owens sent NBC 5 a picture of the huge beehive in her Canyon Creek neighborhood hoping to get help moving it before someone gets hurt.

The beehive is on private property but because it's such a health risk, the health department is having the city take care of it.

"There is a bit of unusual aspect of it. We occasionally get calls of bees, but nothing of this magnitude," said Bill Alsup, director of public health in Richardson.

The City of Richardson says the hive is at least as big as a basketball and has taken on an inverted pyramid shape.

"Once a hive gets this large there is a large amount of honey and honeycomb in it and the bees become more aggressive and territorial in protecting that honeycomb and that honey," said Alsup.

Richardson's director of public health said he was told there were between 450,000 to 500,000 bees in the hive.

"This is the first time in my career that I've dealt with a hive this significant for sure," said Alsup.

The city called in a beekeeper who will relocate the hive on Friday morning.

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