Busiest Season in Memory for NYC Bee Wranglers: Report

A warm winter, followed by an early spring, created optimal breeding conditions

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    Experts say bees are buzzing around in a lot more public places in New York City.

    The New York Times says it's happening at nearly double the rate of past years.

    A warm winter, followed by an early spring, created optimal breeding conditions.

    The NYPD's bee wrangler, Officer Anthony Planakis, can't remember a busier year for swarming. He's been responding to calls since 1995.

    Since mid-March, he's tended to 31 jobs in the five boroughs.

    That's more than twice the number he handled last season, which runs from around mid-April through July.

    He says this week's warmer temperatures could encourage more bees to buzz off.

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