AUSTIN (KXAN) — According to Austin-Travis County EMS, at least five people were attacked by bees at Pease Park.
ATCEMS said they were at the scene near West 24th Street and Parkway just after noon Tuesday. KXAN learned on scene that two of the people were park maintenance workers, two were walking in the park and one is a firefighter.
The pedestrians were transported to St. David’s hospital. One of them may have been allergic to the stings, but the wounds are not expected to be life threatening.
The remaining people did not request treatment for the stings.
Police said that the maintenance workers were mowing the grass and possibly disturbed a hive in a nearby tree along the jogging trail.
A beekeeper, a self-described “Bee Czar,” was called to evaluate the situation and roped off the area due to the number of bees flying about 25 feet above ground. “I’m going to go get a box and a ladder and we’re going to put a bee box, or trap box, on top of the opening,” he explained. It will change the sight line for the bees, so instead of them seeing moving people — or a need to defend the hive — the threat is gone and they’ll calm down.
The Bee Czar will then get the queen bee into a box and seal the hive in that tree so another one doesn’t come back.
People are encouraged to stay out of the area. The hive is expected to be removed, but the process could take weeks.