Building Bear Fences for Your Apiary
A photo of Elina Garrison grad assistant holding three bearcubs about the size of housecats.
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Keywords

honey
bee
honeybee
american
black
bear
beekeeping
fence
fencing
pest
apiary

How to Cite

Post, Kimberly, and Cameron Jack. 2021. “Building Bear Fences for Your Apiary”. EDIS 2021 (2), 6. https://doi.org/10.32473/edis-in1318-2021.

Abstract

The American black bear is beloved, but it is also the most damaging vertebrate pest of honey bee apiaries in North America. That is in part because bears and beekeepers often share the same home territory. Many top beekeeping and pollination states also fall within the range of the American black bear. Can bears and beekeepers live in peace together? This 6-page fact sheet written by Kimberly K. Post and Cameron Jack and published by the UF/IFAS Entomology and Nematology Department details the basic steps for installing an electrified bear fence around a bee yard so that savvy beekeepers can protect hives and honey without harming honey-loving bears.

https://doi.org/10.32473/edis-in1318-2021
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