I live in an mostly agricultural area, with lots of natural woodlands and managed woodlots. Black bears do exist in this area, but they are unusual enough that when one is seen, it makes the local paper. I've heard of two bear sightings in two years. I had figured they wouldn't be an issue for my hives, which are located just at the start of our woodlot, where our farm fields end (we live on an 86-acre farm.) You can see our house from where the hives are, but it's a kilometre (half a mile or so) away! I get good exercise carrying my bee stuff to the hives.
Yesterday, a forester friend dropped by to inspect some tree plantings we've had done, and made a remark about looking out for bears while he was in our woodlot. I asked him if he thought a bear would find my beehives and he said "Oh, probably!" As it turns out, his brother keeps bees about an hour away from here and had his hives trashed by a bear. He has since installed electric fencing.
So, do you think I need electric fencing? I'm guessing there's info about that on Beesource. And will a day ever pass when I don't have another newbie question about bees?