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Hiker dies after bee attack
"It's just a bad combination when you have a sheer rock face and nowhere to go and you're being stung hundreds of times"

During my recent post about what might be the most dangerous everyday creature to walkers and hikers in Ireland (‘Bullocks’ http://mountainviews.ie/motleyviews/general/comment/6565/ ), I queried whether it might be the simple wasp or bee. Well some hikers were attacked by a swarm of bees in Arizona yesterday, and one man died. I think this one story should command our attention, because it could happen here. There are several Irish summits with bees or wasp nests in their summit cairns in the summer (Corraun being one). Also with people insisting on smelling and looking like fruit and flowers (shampoo, chewing gum, deodorant, lip balm, floral patterned clothing) it’s no wonder we attract apian or vespine attention. (Yes I looked up the adjectives for bees and wasps!)

One hiker was killed and two others stung hundreds of times when they were attacked by the swarm of bees in Arizona. The man who died fell to his death down a 150 foot cliff while fleeing the swarm. His companions hid in crevices and were rescued by being airlifted by firefighters off the mountain.

http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/story/19947872/2012/10/29/hiker-killed-trying-to-escape-bee-attack

I personally don’t fear bees or wasps but I retain a healthy respect for them, meaning we have coexisted peacefully on the hills with me not killing them and them not killing me. I know others who wave and swat frantically, dramatically increasing their chances of being stung. I’m not sure what triggers a full scale wasp or bee attack, but I presume it’s something to do with the creatures perceiving some kind of threat. Whatever you do in the panic and chaos of fleeing an attack, don’t run over a cliff.
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