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  1. #1
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    Default Bear Straps

    Well those orange straps you get at Harbor freight paid off in spades this weekend. Farm I keep some bee's on got hit by a bear. And boy it did not just knock them over she fought to get into them. Digging holes and tearing up the grass. She drug one 75 feet and batted a 150 lb hive over 10 feet away.

    Farmer called me a drove over and saw the carnage. Turned a few hives back over and stood them up. Drove back home to get some help lifting a few into the truck and sure enough a small bear wandered back into the woods as we pulled up. Of course the farmer said she would turn the electric fence that runs the property tomorrow back on. Not sure if it would have helped in the spot I am in.

    This was my nuc/spits and had one pallet of full size hives.












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    Default Re: Bear Straps

    Wow
    Nothing ventured nothing gained . Sometimes the only way to learn is do .
    25 hives at the moment .

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    Darn that really sucks!

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    Default Re: Bear Straps

    This is not a feel sorry for me. but, to use straps if you are near bears. Saved me 12 hives. The Nuc's are almost armored with those straps. The only reason I lost 2 Nuc's was I strapped 2 together. Should have individually strapped them.

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    Default Re: Bear Straps

    The straps do help, but a bear can just as easily go through the wood if they want in. FWIW, i stap all of mine after my bear encounter. they sure do like eating the brood.

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    Default Re: Bear Straps

    Make sure the Farmer turns the electric fence on after the bear is outside of it.
    Mark Berninghausen
    The answers are the end. The questions are the journey. Journey on.



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    Default Re: Bear Straps

    I did not extend the fence oround my hives so I don't think it would have helped. I have never gotten hit in this yard before. But, now I know.

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    Default Re: Bear Straps

    Those straps did help a bit. Last time a bear hit me it was nothing but splinters and piles of homeless bees left.
    NM desert/mountain beekeeper - Black Mesa Honeybees.

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    Default Re: Bear Straps

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul McCarty View Post
    Last time a bear hit me it was nothing but splinters and piles of homeless bees left.
    We have stupider black bears up here

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    Default Re: Bear Straps

    Or younger. Or not as many, only one at a time.
    Mark Berninghausen
    The answers are the end. The questions are the journey. Journey on.



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