Third year keeper. 1st year so so, last year great 4 hives. This year 3 died and one very strong hive over the summer. Have had electric bear fence for 3 years and no problems. Last week it went down and before I got it repaired bear got into hive for first time ever. Able to salvage some ( had been 3 deeps and 2 supers) able to salvage the deeps. Did not check for queen as I figured they were already traumatized enough. Attempted repair but it obviously went down again 2 nights later. Bear succeeded in trashing hive again. Repaired fence (I thought) but bear into it again last night. My questions. I now have two deeps that have a lot of bees still. They are pissed and I have several stings to prove it. Should I try to move the hive and fence to a new area (have a 10 acre plot). Should I try to keep the hive alive and what should I do (allow them to try to raise a new queen now _getting late in year here (7000 feet and will freeze in another week or two. Also when I tried to put the hive back together I got lots of bees all over me and even walking off 200-300 yards they remained on my suit. How do I get rid of them or just keep walking.
At this point I'm into "wait until next year" and over being terribly bummed out. Any suggestions appreciated.
steamboat springs, colorado