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Experts moving about 30K bees from Austin tree

Published On: Jul 24 2013 10:04:33 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 24 2013 02:54:36 PM CDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -

Save the bees, please.
    
About 30,000 bees living in a large oak along a Central Texas highway will get a new home instead of being destroyed.
    
Expert Randy Oakley has been working to trap and move the bees from a tree near U.S. 183 in Austin.
    
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority hired Oakley, who used a decoy hive Tuesday to try to attract the bees. Oakley will be paid about $1,300 for the relocation that comes as authority officials study ways to protect large trees along roadways.
    
The Austin American-Statesman (http://bit.ly/18yrkcf ) reports the bees will be moved to a farm near Robinson.
    
Oakley says more people are seeking removal and relocation of bees instead of extermination amid environmental concerns. Bees help pollinate crops and their honey can be sold.