The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) yesterday issued a warning to residents on Grand Bahama following an increase of aggressive bee attacks. The BNT said it had a team scheduled to conduct bird surveys in East Grand Bahama from June 7-15.
“On June 12th, the team was on Lightbourne Cay located south of Sweetings Cay, when they encountered an aggressive swarm of bees around 600 meters into the native vegetation,” the BNT said in a statement.
“This encounter resulted in team members receiving numerous stings, with one person being stung up to 16 times.
“Based on the extreme aggression of their behavior, the BNT believes that these may be Africanized bees.
“We do also acknowledge several anecdotal reports from Grand Bahama, namely Freeport and Sweetings Cay, regarding attacks from aggressive bees that therefore affirm our suspicions.
“The BNT has communicated with the Department of Agriculture regarding this issue and has requested an inquiry into this matter.”
Africanized bees are a hybrid species that are more commonly known as “killer bees”. The organization noted that if members of the public have any questions or would like to make a report about aggressive bees, to contact the BNT’s Grand Bahama National Park Manager Ellsworth Weir at 352-5438 or Science Officer Scott Johnson at 393-1317.