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Rare Killer Bees Discovered In U.S.

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A rare African beehive was discovered in Colorado.

The discovery was made last month after a fruit grower became concerned with an abnormally aggressive hive.

After a sample test, officials learned the bees were Africanized also known as "killer bees."

The hive was then destroyed. This is the farthest north Africanized bees have been reported.

They are not believed to survive through the winter making the discovery even more puzzling.

A giant hive of deadly bees may sound intimidating, but health officials say there's no reason to be overly concerned.

"This is the only Hive that's even been tested in the last couple of years for Africanized genetics out of the State of Colorado. So we're going to have to start testing more bees to figure out exactly how wide spread they are. This find brings up a lot more questions than it answers. We have a long ways to go to learn about Africanized bees in Colorado," said Bob Hammon, Agent for Colorado State Tri River Area Extension.

Officials say they believe there could be more of these hives out there but, it's difficult to collect samples without bee-keeper equipment narrowing the chances of finding one.

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