I had my first bear attack last week. Thankfully it was in an outyard that only had one colony in it so far. It was on a nearby farm and the farm owners were very happy to have it there, they also sold some of my honey at their farmstand and the local farmers market. That is a huge benefit to me because I don't want to do retail honey sales.
Is there any way that I can hope to put bees back at that location without killing the bear or installing a kick-ass electric fence? I'm thinking no.
There is no electricity at the site, so the fence is a no-go. I've messed with battery and solar fence chargers enough to know that they are not reliable.
My only good idea for keeping bees at the farm is moving the apiary into one of the fenced areas that their dog treats as home turf. Black bears are supposed to be easily scared away by even little dogs as long as they bark a lot.
Of course, if I move the hives close enough to their house I can put in an electric fence. Maybe they would be willing to do it for me, I don't know. I'm bummed because it was a good location. Four miles away and half way to Lowe's - very convenient.