I've a question for those who have experience with black bears in the bee yard.
Yesterday I did an inspection on a new yard and found my first loss to bear.
A nuc was toppled, and the bear tore up some comb, and apparently only sampled 2 frames.
Then nuc was broodless as a virgin was recently emerged and this has been her mating week.
There are four other colonies in that yard, none of which were touched...though the bear apparently lounged in the grass eight feet behind the hive stand.
Is it unusual (as I think it is) for a bear to only bother one (small) hive in yard of several?
(The others are securely ratchet strapped until I can get an electric fence up.)