*** Normally there is no reimbursements for bear loss hives through the state
for less than 10 hives. Our state does not have an automatic payment plan
in place for bear damage. There have been some who have been compensated
for 1 or 2 hives. Please check with your local authorities. However, they do
expect YOU to do something to keep it from happening again. So do not
think you will get paid twice due to bear damage.
*** A bear will come back to the same yard night after night, feasting on hive
after hive until all are destroyed. Once a bear finds a bee yard, moving the
apiary is recommended. Deterrents are best used to avoid problems before
*** Bears have come in contact in recent years with bee yards that traditionally
has seen little activity in the past. Bears are re-establishing territory in
*** Do not be surprised to see bears in winter when most think bears are
*** Some see young male bears passing through the area. Young males travel
many mile a day, sometimes greater than 25 miles, in search of a place to
call home. Young males are pushed out by larger established males. They
sometimes travel right past bee yards without touching them. These bears
are usually not a problem. It is the established population that will revisit a
beeyard night after night if allowed too.
*** Make sure bears are not visiting the area for other reasons which allow
bears to come in contact with beehives. Bird feeders, dog food bowls, and
open feeding by humans such as those wanting to take pictures, only
compound the problem as bears become accustomed to humans. Do not be
part of the problem.