1 Mayıs 2017 Pazartesi

Basic Instinct: Bears & Honey

türkçe links to original Turkish article

(Sözcü Newspaper, 1 May 2017)

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Can't bear the thought of a honey-less night.

İbrahim Sedef, the deputy mayor of Sürmene district in Trabzon, has
been raising bees in his tea garden for 7 years.  But over the course of
the past year bears in his vicinity have attacked 30 hives and cost him
more than 60,000 TL (about $25,000) in damages.

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           Bear claws as excavation tools.

Sedef has been searching for a way to protect the honeycombs so he
put the hives inside a steel cage set on top of a concrete base and
installed a camera, as well.  Nevertheless, a bear came and dug the soil
out from under the concrete base in order to reach the hives, getting at
6 of them.  Sedef said that he is scared of the bears and that "this time
the damage is 5,000 TL.  I'll fix the cage again and see what happens."

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Sürmene district is in eastern Trabzon province.

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