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Swarm of bees captured in Hamilton

By The Associated Press
Published On: Jun 15 2013 10:25:10 AM MDT
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HAMILTON, Mont. -

A swarm of bees recently caused a a stir on Hamilton's Main Street, until a beekeeper arrived to box them up and take them home.
    
Corvallis roofer Jake Poellot was working at 10 a.m. Tuesday when he and a co-worker spotted the bees approaching them. The men notified the nearby Daly Leach Chapel the bees had landed in a tree behind their sign.
    
The Ravalli Republic reports (http://bit.ly/13LZQfD ) beekeeper Gale Dodd and his son, Ben, soon arrived. Dodd cut a bee-covered branch from the tree and put it in a box. The remaining bees followed.
    
Dodd said he'll use the estimated 50,000 to 100,000 bees to start a new colony.
    
The Montana Department of Agriculture maintains a statewide list of beekeepers interested in being contacted to recover swarms.