What do bears like to eat in a beehive?
Bears endure stings to get the prized pupae, larvae, and eggs in the brood comb of a hive. Protective adult bees sting bears’ faces and ears but have a hard time penetrating the fur on the rest of the body. After bears get the brood comb and perhaps some honey, they hurry away and shake bees out of their fur like they shake water.
Bears around Ely taste little honey because domestic bee hives are scarce in the forests of northeastern Minnesota and the native bumblebees and wild bees make very little honey.