I had a bear visit two nights in a row at our place off Jersey Mountain Road. The first night two hives were knocked apart but the bees didn't seem to be too devastated. There were scratch marks on some frames and scoops out of others; there was a bear paw print on honeycomb of one frame. The second morning I found one hive knocked apart and scattered again. The only bees left with that hive are dead. We are looking into serious fencing.
I'd be happy to have suggestions from anyone who has dealt with this type of problem before.