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Contact: George Land, 760-367-5507
Park officials announced today a temporary closure in effect at Keys View because of a high number of bees in the area. Access to the area will be closed from June 24 until July 2 due to concerns over visitor safety.
Bees need water for a variety of reasons, but especially in the heat of the summer to cool their hives. It is estimated that a hive requires a liter of water or more each day during hot summer days. By removing the bee buckets and not allowing visitors to provide water (dumping out water bottles, AC condenser units); it will force established hives in the area to move due to a lack of a consistent water source.
The park resource staff is hopeful that this measure will significantly reduce the number of bees in the area and will be carefully monitoring the results.
Last updated: June 20, 2019