it happened.... after 2 failed attempts in the past month, finally got through the solar electric fence, ripped off the ratchet straps and destroyed 2 of 3 hives...... the 2 previous times all the bear was able to do was slightly spin one super of the hive. It also pawed at the electric wire, to get in I guess, and was greeted with a shock, you could tell one of the electric wires was streched down a bit. But not this time. Both the NUCS I purchased this year were destroyed, luckily the highly productive swarm hive was left untouched. Relocted the surviving hive to the roof of a large shed right next to the house. So, went out, bought my bear license and sighted in my rifle. I'm an avid hunter, but never had a desire to harvest a bear. I bear hunt everyyear with a group just so I dont have to go to work, but this year may be different! But back to the drawing board for next year. I live in a highly populated bear area. Gotta get a plan. And hopefully catch a few swarms, those NUCS weren't cheap!