I had two hives completely destroyed by a bear. He didn't smash any boxes this time, but a lot of frames were wiped out. Both hives were huge and very strong. They had two brood boxes and both were working on their second deep honey supers. Bees covered at least 16 or 17 of the 20 frames in 2 brood boxes. The first deep honey supers were close to 70% full.
The Dept. Of Fish and Game will be reimbursing me, and I need a fair amount at which to value them. Can anyone tell me what the national price average for these hives would be? I am having a hard time reaching a price.