Scramble to protect bees after 25,000 die in Oregon parking lot

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This photo provided by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation shows some of the thousands of dead and dying bees found in the parking lot of a shopping center in Wilsonville, Ore., southwest of Portland. Oregon officials say their preliminary investigation indicates blooming trees in the lot were recently sprayed with an insecticide known to be toxic to bees. The pencil was placed in the frame by the source to show scale. (AP Photo/The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation)

WILSONVILLE, Ore. (AP) — Workers on Friday plan to wrap bee-proof netting around blooming trees in the parking lot of an Oregon shopping center in an attempt to prevent the deaths of more bees.

Portland-area bee experts with the Xerces (ZERK-zees) Society for Invertebrate Conservation estimate at least 25,000 bumble bees have died in the lot since last weekend. The bees were clustered under dozens of linden trees.

Oregon Agriculture Department officials confirm thousands of dead bees.

The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/XIiNip ) that Agriculture officials are working with the Xerces Society, the city of Wilsonville and the distributor of an insecticide.

State officials say tests to confirm the cause of the deaths could take two or three more days. They are checking for insecticides as well as possible natural causes.

Wilsonville is southwest of Portland.


___Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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