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60,000 bees removed from Utah cabin

Beekeeper Vic Bachman and his partner, Nate Hall, prepared to remove a 12-foot-long beehive in Eden, Utah.

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Beekeeper Vic Bachman and his partner, Nate Hall, prepared to remove a 12-foot-long beehive in Eden, Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY — It was the biggest beehive that Ogden beekeeper Vic Bachman has ever removed — a dozen feet long, packed inside the eaves of a cabin in Ogden Valley.

‘‘We figure we got 15 pounds of bees out of there,’’ said Bachman, who said that converts to about 60,000 honeybees.

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Bachman was called to the A-frame cabin last month in Eden, Utah.

Taking apart a panel that hid roof rafters, he had no idea he would find honeycombs packed 12 feet long, 4 feet wide and 16 inches deep.

The honeybees had been making the enclosed cavity their home since 1996, hardly bothering the homeowners.

The cabin was rarely used, but when the owners needed to occupy it while building another home nearby, they decided the beehive was not safe for their two children.

A few bees had found their way inside the house, and the hive was just outside a ­window of a children’s bedroom.

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