After the long cold winter of 2013/14, the black bears of NE PA woke up to find nothing to eat. They have been using all of their ingenuity and resources to find food.
This backyard location in the business district of Wysox PA got a hungry visitor a week ago. A black bear sniffed out a large hive in the space behind the outside wall of an old chicken coop, and tore a corner of the building to shreds to get at it, even ruining the wallboard inside the building. The ground is littered with nests and splintered wood, and as of this morning a few bees are still wandering around, wondering what to make of the disaster that has befallen their home.
The bear obviously had no issue in presenting himself in the commercial area of town, and with a Fairfield Inn, carwash, Quick Lube and laundromat complex next door, one wonders what other fun he may have had marauding the neighborhood. Clearly he got what he was after, and sauntered away.
The homeowner is counting this experience as a mixed blessing. She hasn’t been able to paint the back of the coop for some years due to the activity level of the bees in and out of the hive. The only problem now is finding matching materials to repair the coop which was built in the 40’s.
Rural residents and townspeople should heed the warning presented by this event, and take serious stock of their garbage cans, bird feeders, and outdoor pet feeding practices.
This bruin is no Pooh Bear walking around with a honey pot!