Bear Update in Vermont

Bear climbing up deck to get to beehive

Bears are on the rampage in Vermont! My brother-in-law had a recent bear incident where a black bear knocked over a hive in a nearby field. He came back for more, but much closer to the house. He obviously has no fear and looks like he is on a mission. Here are a few pictures of the bear in action.

Almost there.

The damage

The bees were very angry! But the hive was set back up and hopefully the queen wasn’t damaged.

Does anyone have any ideas on how to protect hives from bears?  What have you done that is successful?

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Claire Jones is a landscape and floral designer and owner of Claire Jones Landscapes, LLC. She designs and helps people to create their own personal outdoor oasis and loves to write about her gardening failures and successes.
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7 Responses to Bear Update in Vermont

  1. I know they are very naughty but they look so cute! Hope the bees are ok.


  2. Linda T says:

    Love seeing these amazing pictures! Thanks for sharing.
    Linda Tingle


  3. Becky says:

    O my goodness! That was one determined bear!


  4. Hobbit Queen says:

    Oh…you’ve captured in your blog with pictures and words my greatest fear!!! We have placed an electric fence angled at forty-five degrees around the area near our bees along with a snow-fence. We saw a bear skat last year, but so far, we’ve been lucky — no bears attacking our hives.

    I’ve heard there is not always a “preventive” measure to protect your bees from bears. I am so sorry to hear about your hive and the bear intrusion. Good luck on your efforts to prevent the bears from returning. I’ll send good vibes your way!

    On a more happy note: I have nominated you for the “Sunshine Award!” Congratulations!!! (See my blog for details).
    Honey Cheers! HQ


  5. Anonymous says:

    Mount Holly bee hives toppled within last two weeks. There’s a happy bear somewhere.


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