Bear helps itself to bee hive honey near Carnation

CARNATION — Bee hives on a farm near Carnation were an obvious target for a bear that pushed down a fence and helped itself to more than 100 pounds of honey.

Ballard Bee Co. owner Corky Luster said after the damage was discovered Wednesday he reassembled two broken hives. He hopes the remaining bees survive, assuming their queens are still alive. He also electrified and strengthened the fence to keep the bear from coming back.

Luster estimated the lost honey and damaged hives cost more than $1,000, but he doesn’t blame the bear for being hungry.

The Ballard Bee Co. is a pollination service. It has about 70 hives placed on four Snoqualmie Valley farms. It also places another 70 hives in backyards and on rooftops in Seattle.

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