The Beekeeper just had a visit from Heather Reich of the Nevada Dept. of Wildlife. She was updating us on the latest bear news for our area.
At this time of year, the bears need to eat 25,000 to 35,000 calories per day, this is called hyperphasia. Heather says that because the last frosts/freezes killed most of the berries at the higher elevations, we need to be watchful down here in the valley areas, for the next couple of months, as the bears will be coming down to find food. When they are in this hyperphasia state, all they can think about is finding food to put weight on for winter, and your hive could be just the ticket for a hungry bear!
If you do not have your hives fenced, you may want to consider it now. Heather left us with pamphlets with the specifications for fencing, or you can go to the NDOW website: www.ndow.org