Being a conscientious beekeeper I try to spread out my hives to minimize drifting. Some hives are a 1/2 mile away from my main apiary. This does have its downsides; one being the extra distance to be covered while working the hives. A second downside is that the hives are away from human habitations and that means wild animals can make unwanted visits. These two hives had been visited by skunks in the spring. But last night is appears a bear made a mess of these two hives. Pictures say it better than I can. A paw print in the middle of one honey frame told the tale.
About 15 minutes and a few bee stings later everything was reassembled. Casualties among the bees were surprisingly few. Most brood and honey frames were intact. Queen status will be determined at a later date.