I'm guessing there was no swarm box. And I hardly think they were going to wait around for the local bee club to be contacted, a swarm list to be called to see who was available, or for some delay in waiting for the beekeeper to show up. We see beloved bees worth saving. The people, including television executives, club owners, etc., at the ballpark are protecting millions of dollars of investment, safety for fans, and liability issues.
I'm guessing at the first chance of acquiring a suit, perhaps from a fan with a beesuit in the car, and was handed a couple cans of spray, that the bees were dealth with. No mention of a swarm box.
But I'm sure it was not going to go like this.....
Television or club owner.... "So what's happening on this bee situation? This delay is costing us dearly"
Head ground crew guy....."Well, we have a bee suit, and a couple cans of bee kill, but were waiting back to hear if George (guy from public relations) got ahold of anyone from the bee club over in San Diego. We wanted to see if anyone was willing to show up and capture the swarm. It would be a shame to kill them. You don't mind do you? Besides, the only guy willing to go out there, besides the unliscensed and uninsured beekeeper (who can not be allowed on the feild) is Ted, and he has no clue what to do other than just spray the whole cluster and kill them. No common sense in that.
Of course there are things we do not know. Was the guy a beekeeper or the only grounds crew guy willing to put on the suit. Was there a swarm box? (Yes, I suppose a handy cardboard box could of been used) Was there a discussion that we are not privy regarding saving them, but some executive made the decision to handle the situation the way it was?
I'm sure PETA will be boycotting the next game, setting up picket lines, and expect the next time, that regardless of cost, regardless of human safety, and regardless of even if the game needed to be suspended, that all and any means possible should of been used.
I for one, will not be sending a check to PETA, supporting such drastic expectations. Common sense to me is the realization that every swarm can not, and will not be saved. And that sitting here, making comments and judements about others is about as bad as PETA themselves.
A swarm showed up at a ballpark in the middle of a game, and they were disposed of. No big deal. And when we as beekeepers make a bigger deal out of it, and even suggest that "extreme" measures were taken, then we might as well be handing out membership forms to PETA. I'll pass.