Once a bear develops a taste for honey, bee larva, and the bees themselves, it will likely continue to raid bee yards and reactive methods to dissuade it are less effective than preventative measures. And if one bear finds the bee hives, other bears will likely follow. Therefore, it is important to protect your investment by taking proactive measure to prevent bear damage before it begins.
Electric Fencing Construction
Solar-charged or 110 volt electric fencing is one of the most effective methods to reduce black bear damage.
An electric fence must be well grounded, sufficiently charged at all times, and maintained on a regular basis.
There are two main types of electric fences; permanent/semi-permanent electric fences and a temporary electric fence. Select the type that is appropriate for your colony size and budget.
For detailed instructions on constructing both temporary and permanent electric fences, click here to download further information on electric fences. (536 kb pdf)
Baiting the Fence
Fencing is only effective if it is maintained. Every time you visit the site check the following:
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