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Local beekeeper comes to the rescue after Coors Field swarm

12:10 PM, May 18, 2012   |    comments
A fan sneaks into the photo well to snap a photo with his phone of a swarm of bees that congregated on the fence during a game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on May 17, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Diamondbacks defeated the Rockies 9-7. Rockies security rushed to escort the man out of the restricted area. A bee keeper had to be called to remove the bees. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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The bee swarm suddenly appeared in the top of the fifth inning Thursday during the game between the Rockies and the Diamondbacks.  The action on the field was halted for a couple of minutes, though the teams never left the diamond. The bees landed on a pole in front of the camera bay, forcing the camera operator to vacate his post.

The bees were contained to the field-level camera bay and umpires determined that the game could proceed.

A local beekeeper, David Bower, was called in to move the bees.

He removed two swarms of bees, one weighing more than 2 pounds. The other weighed about a pound and a half.

"We just sat there and vacuumed them up in a special, custom-built bee-vac that allows us to pick them up without damaging the bees. They were so docile you could just move the bees with your fingers," Bower said. "They crawled all over me but they had no interest in me and they didn't have anything to defend so I didn't get any stings at all."

Thursday evening, Bower moved the bees to a wildlife refuge where he is hoping they will form a new colony.

He believes the bees had been living somewhere in Coors Field.

His advice for not getting stung is not to panic. Bees won't sting unless they're defending themselves.

Bower was in Denver for the monthly Highland Beekeeper Club meeting.

The Diamondbacks won the game 9-7.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)

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