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Look what a bear did to one of my hives. It left tracks so I know it was a bear. Unfortunately he'll probably be back to get the live colony on the left. Gonna have to do the electric fence thing I guess.The hive he destroyed died over the winter but still had honey.
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Luckily he didn't go on down the line. Small bears will usually just tip em' over and big 3-400#ers will shread things. You might see teeth marks in some frames or deeps? All depends upon how bad they want it?
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Look what a bear did to one of my hives. It left tracks so I know it was a bear. Unfortunately he'll probably be back to get the live colony on the left. Gonna have to do the electric fence thing I guess.The hive he destroyed died over the winter but still had honey.
Wow! I wouldn't think of NE Ohio as being bear country.
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Xyz we've got a lot of wildlife here now that we didn't have when I was a kid. Especially turkeys and coyotes.
Kevin were those your hives?
He came back since I posted this and wrecked the second hive again.
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we are getting them more around here in western ny, fellow i work with lives down the road from me went turkey hunting the other morning and saw a bear tracks behind his house.
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Yes they were my hives=got a call from the farmer where i had the hives 70 miles away for pollination that a bear got into the hives and sent things flying. Yup sure did but i have been hit worse then that. Bout 4-5X to be exact and you loose $ every time in this SPORT.

In New Hampshire the Fish and Game dept will investigate the claim for animal/Bear damage and the State will compensate you for cost of frames and boxes and at most the price of a Package of bees rather you had 2 deeps of bees and 2 honey supers on your eating the wax on that as you still only get $60-70 for the bees.

Electric Fences will stop them most of the time but when they are off i'm not betting on them standing up lasting all summer around here. And they seem to know when the fence is mistakenly left off overnite too...
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In michigan they do nothing, call after call, then if they ever call back you just politely say "no problems lately".
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Keven,, you say they know very quickly when the fencer is off? My neighbor, who grew up on a dairy farm, now works in stray voltage. He claims cows are so sensitive to electricity that they can tell by sniffing the wire, from several inches away, if the fencer is on and working. I havn't seen it, but he says to watch cows when they are let into any new area. They go right to the wire and sniff, starting about 8 inches away.
Maybe bears are also sensitive to electricity?
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