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  Wednesday, 05 June 2013
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Not new BUT. I have seen the bear problem addressed many times and many places, go here, download this do that. Can someone simplify the problem, for some of us who would prefer not to research all the options and tell us where we can purchase everything needed for a simple (lets say 10' x 10') barrier against Bear. Yes they may exist but I can't find them. And I know each and every yard is different, But I can't believe someone cannot offer a package that would suffice many of us small time beekeepers. Thanks
8 years ago
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#696
Wyane not a very nice Christmas gift for you.. :angry: . I'm sorry to say but he woun't forget where those hives are.
You'll either have to move the hives far far away or harvest him. I think if you talk to a game warden if you haven't already he would allow a removal of the bear.
8 years ago
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#695
Well here it is Christmas morning 12:49 and I had to put my hive back together again and I don't dare to go back to bed. The driveway alarm did it's job and I scared the bear away for a minute or so. While getting my clothes and boots on he ripped apart the fence and proceeded to take my hive apart. As I approached the hive I could hear but not see the bear. He was dragging my Super through the fence and wasn't going to leave without it. Not more than 15 ft from him he took off. He paced around about 30 yards away and I could see his eyes in my flashlight but nothing else. I had my rifle with me but did'nt dare shoot, for various reasons. I was pretty vocal But it didn't seem To bother him too much this time, and it appears he wasn't bothered by the electric fence. I thought you may be interested in hearing about it and as Long as I'm not going to sleep tonight thought I might as well write about it. At this point I don't know what I'm going to do about beekeeping at this location.
You shouldn't have to worry about bears this time of year. Merry Christmas.
8 years ago
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#694
Thank God again for the driveway alarm. This time it worked. The bear came this afternoon about 3:45. My wife and I were in the living room watching TV when the alarm sounded. I ran to the back door and he was standing in front of the hive. I yelled and he took off running. It looks like it may not be the end. I did energize the electric fence so I'm hoping if he comes again this will stop him. It does look like about a 150 lb bear.
8 years ago
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#693
in Chester
8 years ago
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#692
what part of Vermont are you Wayne?
8 years ago
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#691
At least one bear is out of hibernation or never did go into hibernation. He ripped open my hive sometime during the night. I tried to stand my hive upright but the bees were not as docile as I had hoped and forced me to get my bee suit on. There were probably 3 quarts of bees in clusters and scattered around the hive. I managed to get the hive back together, and it looks like there are still a lot of bees in the hive. Not a lot of hope for their survival but got my fingers crossed. My neighbor across the road also had a visit from the bear and it ripped his bird feeder apart. the fence around my hive did work for a while as the bear made a complete circle around the enclosure before going through it. So I guess we cannot stop a vigilant watch on our bees.
8 years ago
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#690
We're heading in to fall.....Forest food will be dwindling.....bears will soon be on the hunt for external food sources....

Please post your bear sightings or issues. I am curious to know what the activity is like.
9 years ago
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#689
I just saw this on FPF and thought I'd pass it along to anyone in the area
"Please be aware that a large black bear was seen on a Mt. Philo Rd property... this property boarders the La Platte flood plain below Littlefield Dr. and John St. Make sure you aren't attracting this dude!"
9 years ago
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#688
Scott,
What size charger did you have? Also I've read cases were hives were strapped the bears totally destroyed the boxes like they do when they tear apart logs. I've read somewhere that its not so much the honey their after but the brood wonder if there is any truth to that.
9 years ago
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#687
Good point. I thought once the bear hit my hive he'd be back for sure. No sign of him yet. I have been hanging bacon and tinfoil with peanutbutter on the wire. Have a driveway alarm set up and a camera. Thank You
9 years ago
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#686
Electric fence is a reasonable option against bears. However they are not perfect so please keep that in mind.
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151461312171915.1073741826.185031486914&type=1

Take a look at this Facebook link to see the result of a bear. It moved right through the Electric fence. Electricity is no match to a hungry bear.

Note the straps and how the hive stayed intact preventing the boxes from separating. The straps saved the colony from the rain that had been occurring and it is now filled with four supers of nectar
The bear had to gnaw through a super to gain access to the booty.
Scott
9 years ago
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#685
Thank you Lindsey, I wish I had seen this before the bear got to my bees and installed my fence. I'm glad you replied with this video, It should provide the much needed info for new beekeepers of today.
9 years ago
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#684
This video shows how I did mine, I used T post from tractor supply and a bag of yellow plastic extenders.
I also picked up a $100 fence charger off of eBay for $62 saved a few bucks.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KkLxi5KZ8cY

It was pretty easy to do.
9 years ago
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#683
As a follow up, I would like to add. Most of you are probably older beekeepers. To the newer beekeepers do not procrastinate on a electric fence for the bears. If you cannot get the information you are looking for go and talk to someone who has been there and done that. I was going to cut and install some fence posts for my enclosure on Sunday morning. Try and get that much done. 4:30 AM Sunday I look out the bedroom window to see my hive parts scattered all over the place. My bees hate me now, however I hope in time they'll forgive me. I hope the queen is still okey but they should be able to start a new one if need be, they had plenty of brood and eggs to start a new one. I'm not going to go through them for another few days as they are NASTY right now. After (3) 15 mi.trips to the Ag store I got every thing needed to setup an electric fence. The sad part is although they have everything available at the store the people there do not know anymore about electic fences than you. Even though I have a working fence, it is not what I want to make a permanent enclosure. I'm now faced with what I was trying to avoid. Spending a lot more than than I needed to. So first get your enclosure set up then get your bees.
9 years ago
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#682
Wayne -

There is a booklet here on the VBA site: http://www.vermontbeekeepers.org/resources/education/bear-proofing-bee-hives that does a pretty good job.
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