Actually I had an overwintered yard along a protected creek bottom years ago that was virtually destroyed by Racoons and have never seen anything like it since. They were in double deeps covered with cardboard cartons with lids on top held down only by bricks. No lids were nailed and through the course of the winter they had apparently learned all they needed to do to get in the hive was to slide a lid off the top and then it was fairly easy to open the carton and pull off the inner lid. They were actually able to pull out many frames and eat them as there were mostly eaten frames scattered all around. Our first thought was vandalism but it became pretty clear by the tracks and droppings that it was Racoons that that had spent the winter dismantling the yard. Seems like the only hives that escaped were some that had very large rocks holding the lids down.
Originally Posted by odfrank
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