Bear attacks Essex County Bekeepers Society's  Landi Simone's bee yard... and finally gets caught. Landi Simone reports on May 27, 2009: "After almost two weeks of baiting and rebaiting the culvert trap, we finally caught this 315-pound bear that came back to the farm at least half a dozen times, destroyed the single home hive (which was banking a dozen mated queens), wrecked stacks of empty comb and supers up by the house, and growled at my kids. We baited the trap with frames of honey." There also have been reports that someone else's bees along the Denville Morris Road in Morris County have also been attacked around the same time.  Its amazing to see what kind of damage a bear can do. Note that once a bear has sampled the goodies inside an electric fence (which Landi has), nothing will keep that bear out if it wants in.  Even a good shock to the muzzle is not a sufficient deterrent once the bear has had a meal of brood and honey and wants more. Empty frames – comb entirely eaten out – were found hundreds of feet from the apiary.


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