<My view is that beekeepers with "bear problems"
should lobby for the reduction or elimination
of hunting license fees, and longer seasons on
bears, rather than make bear hunting more
expensive for the hunters, but these beekeepers
wanted cash, not a solution to their problem.>
Some of your opinion I can agree with--twenty years or more ago(might have been thirty) the Pennsylvania bear hunting season was included in the regular hunting license fee. Now it is an addition fee. When it was included the hunters were much more numerous.
Now, not as many hunters are pursueing bear and the population is growing. The "trouble" or "problem" bears are live trapped and moved to a more remote area--guess what--I am in one of those more remote areas. No matter how many bears are harvested the trapped bears will still be dropped off in my or someone elses back yard.
I do not know the answer for the dilemma other than taking all the precautions I can to prevent the bears from destroying my hives.
Now back to bee inspections!
We have automobile inspections for safety, without the inspections I can just imagine what would be driving down the road coming right at us. No lights, no brakes, bald tires, shattered windshields etc.
We have roadblocks for checks on drivers--alcohol impaired or drug impaired are quite common. I feel these are acceptable and necessary things to help with the safety of us all. The testing for unsafe or unapproved pesticides or insectacide residues on foods is also acceptable to me. Yeah, I know that everything has a price or cost associated with it. I always would rather be safe than sorry! I am looking forward to the next bee inspector visit.
"Younz" have a great day, I will.