KALISPELL – Montana insect experts say wild honeybees are the insects that several weeks ago stung to death a 14-year-old half Tennessee walker and half Appaloosa horse named Fury in northwestern Montana.

Cam Lay of the Montana Department of Agriculture told the Daily Inter Lake in a story published Saturday that Fury likely was hypersensitive to their stings.

Ruth O’Neill, a research associate with the Wanner Crop Entomology Lab at Montana State University in Bozeman, also identifies the insects as honeybees.

Fury died within 15 hours of the insect attack in Kalispell on June 16 after apparently scratching so hard on a tree he knocked a clump of the bees onto his rump.

A veterinarian who treated Fury says the horse went into anaphylactic shock and died quickly.

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codycowboy

Uh-oh, time to call Wildlife Services. Bring in the helicopters and the shotguns. Time to once again control the out of control wild life population.

Roger
Roger

Wow - imagine that - the attacking insects were bees - don't people know what bees look like?

@ codycowboy - your comment is not clever, it's simple-minded.

codycowboy

Uh-oh, time to call Wildlife Services. Bring in the helicopters and the shotguns. Time to once again control the out of control wild life population.

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