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The warning has been out there for years: Killer bees are migrating toward Utah.
KSL News reports that now, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has found that the winged terrors have arrived in the state's southern reaches, giving an ominous sting to Utah's "Beehive State" nickname.
The agency reportedly has been keeping the buzz to a minimum for now, but Washington County Commissioner Alan Gardner has confirmed that the aggressive, Africanized bees have been found in several locations in southern Utah.
Africanized killer bees are hard to tell apart from our usual European honey bees. But in their behavior of swarming to the attack against perceived threats, they can be especially vicious -- and in some cases, deadly.
Ag officials reportedly plan a news conference this afternoon in St. George to discuss the matter.