Bears and Baiting Electric Fence
I'm new and yesterday a bear hit my hive...looks like I might be ok, but now I'm needing some help on my baiting the electric fence. I have done some searching and people indicate to leave some bacon on the wire so that the bear gets hit in the mouth. How long do I need to keep the bacon on the wire? How often does it need replacing if it should stay there? I had my 2 hives inside a 6 foot poly mesh wire to keep out the deer, but the bear tore through it. I do have a steel deer fence around my orchard, which is 10 feet away...should I move my hives over into the orchard? Will that short of a move confuse the bees? Any help would be great.
Baiting the fence is a good thing but you need to go a Little further...depending on your soil, I would use three ground rods. I would also lay a two foot section of chicken wire around your yard just outside the wire, then attach to your ground system at your fencer. This will give her a big surprise. I have been dealing with a mom and three cubs. Lets just say she has been introduced but will sit within 50 feet looking at the bees....
I'd agree with the ground system comment. If it's dry in your neck of the woods, make sure you pour some water around the ground rods to keep the soil moist for better grounding
We have lots of bears in our area. A good idea if your ground is dry to use two or three 8ft ground rods. Next is make sure your fence has enough juice. Its the joules that matter. Make sure your system puts out 2.5 or better joules. That is enough to give a bear a kick.
Lastly, sad to say but if the bear got though your fence then it will most likely be back. I usually don't bait my fences, but in your case it may be a good idea to get him to get a zing since he is going to go after it anyway.
I know many Beekeepers bait their fences, but I would check the laws with the game warden. In PA it is against the law leave bait for bears.
Bacon can work very wel but after a day or so i always had the birds steal it so it might not be a bad idea to try strips of rag dipped in peanut butter in between the bacon. it stays better and the bears really need to mouth it for awhile to get the stuff off giving it more time to get shown the way back home
I'd rather save bacon fat for the birds in PA! My method for delivery would be to wire bacon impregnated t-shirt strips on my electric fence for those birds! This way they have a perch to stand on while they feed and fatten up prior to the harsh winter!
Originally Posted by metrosean