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    Default Big Bad Bear Fencing

    Ok, tips for making a bear fence more formidable. Moving into bear country next month. Ive heard tin roofin under the wire, prebaiting with bacon, and running a radio constantly. Presume 2+ weeks between visits since I'm placing them on the moon. Solar versus battery experience? Post sizes? Wire Gauges? Strand numbers and pattern? Enlighten me with all of your experiences.

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    Default Re: Big Bad Bear Fencing

    I can't offer much on the bear issue, but as far as a fence controller, I have successfully used a solar powered electric fence controller for about 3 years to keep the deer out of my grapes and blackberry "yard". It's a pretty cheap "3 mile" unit, but I've "tested" it (not intentionally) and I would say that if a bear got the full dose mouth/snout to tin roof, he'd not likely return. Up the unit to a larger model and use some good 12.5 gauge high tensile wire it should deter bears nicely.

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    Default Re: Big Bad Bear Fencing

    Do you lay the tin roof under the wire or in front of the wire? I'm placing bees in the El Dorado foothills of CA and was told there's a chance of bears. I'm using three strands of 4 point barbed wire and plan on running 3 strands of electric wire with a Parmak Magnum 12 Solar Pak Low Impedance 12 Volt Battery Operated 30 Mile Range Electric Fence Charger MAG12SP by recommendation from someone on this site. I'm also placing all 100 of my hives in this one basket. on top of that I also have the skunks to battle and the knowledge that a fire has gone thru the same spot and burned up 4 hives a couple years back.

    If anyone has any advise on what I can do to lower the risk of grass fires burning up my hives I would really appreciate it. I'll also check throw the site.

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    Default Re: Big Bad Bear Fencing

    Not sure, I figured under and slightly out, so those paws would be on it, something I heard from a friend out of Georgia. I was thinking nail it down with some rebar and see if that helps. As to fire, think about discing a fire break around them? Hell maybe even under them? Would seem if its just grass, and enough of the thatch were turned under youd have a gap from the fire. Not sure about the effect of smoke or heat tho. I would presume if they got really bad off theyd abscond.

    Good advice, thats a biiiig charger. Going with high tension?

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    Default Re: Big Bad Bear Fencing

    Anybody got gate ideas? I presumed I would wire and then fill, do I need to just put posts up and wire the next morning?

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    Default Re: Big Bad Bear Fencing

    I've heard that some beekeepers pee in a plastic soda bottle and leave it on its side somewhere in the yard. Supposedly the scent keeps the bears off. Not sure if this is effective, but might as well give it a try?

    I did some research on this and supposedly wolf urine is a bear deterrent. It's available online somewhere I think. Of course, you have to pay for it.

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    Default Re: Big Bad Bear Fencing

    we run 700 here in central NY. bears are a pain. We use parmak low imp. 6V solar 25 mile fencers,6 strands about 6" apart. I made the mistake of moving a wire and touched ground with the same hand the other day. Much more snap than a cheap 3 mile unit.Wire gauge does not make much diff, as it is the snap, not the strength of the fence. 4-8 ft ground rods work well here, but the roofing or chick fence on the ground there staked will work well in sandy soil.Hire a local teen to stake out your yard just after dusk with a 30-06 for insurance.
    Nick

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    Default Re: Big Bad Bear Fencing

    hello beesohappy,
    where in the el dorado foothills are you placing hives?
    all that is gold does not glitter

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    Default Re: Big Bad Bear Fencing

    We're between El Dorado and Plymouth just off hwy 49.

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    Default Re: Big Bad Bear Fencing

    Oh, Goldbeach or Nashvile?

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