The bears and the bees

The bears and the bees

Bears love beehives

 “Bears do love beehives,” said Mark Spencer, the keeper of bees at Spencer Apiary near Lake Orion. “It’s actually not the honey that is the main attraction though, it’s the brood, the larvae, as it is a great source of protein for the bears. If a bear locates and can get access to a beekeeper’s beehives, they will completely destroy them, normally every hive the keeper has in that yard. They will pull the boxes apart, and destroy the frames as they dig through to get to the larvae and honey within the boxes.

 “The bees will defend themselves, and the bears don’t like it, but it doesn’t deter them,” he said. “They will stay at the task until they are satisfied.”

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