Per sq mile is not how to figure "highest population ". Here is a link for bear pop per state.Few people realize that NJ has the highest population per square mile of black bear of the lower 48 states. Every county (including those right across NY harbor) has had human bear interactions. The bear will be coming out of hibernation as the weather warms up, hungry and focused of getting food-hives are food.
In this article we'll look at the Black Bear population by state. The 41 states with Black Bears, and the 9 states without a breeding population of bears.
By the way, DON'T bait if you want them away from your hives 🙄. I am also against baiting Any animal for hunting purposes.... why not just go shoot in the zoo, it's hunting. Hunters that do that are cheating in my book and I can't say here what I think of them....... sorry off my soap box now