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Experts moving about 30K bees from Austin tree

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.

 

Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com

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