Bear ransacks beehives in northern Latvia

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A bear - or perhaps several bears - have plundered beehives in northern Latvia's Pārgauja and Krimulda districts. 

A beekeeper woke to an unpleasant surprise a few days ago finding two of his sixteen beehives destroyed.

Forest ranger Normundz Zīriņš examined the place, concluding that the beehives had suffered from a foraging bear.

After measuring the footprint, which was 11 cm wide, Zīriņš established that the honey-guzzling bear must have been about three years of age.

Meanwhile a camera set up at the neighboring Pārgauja region recently photographed a bear - who may or may not have been the honey thief - near a forest outpost. 

Zīriņš said that locals need not worry about the bear, but whether it will pay a visit to other beehives remains to be seen.

In fact bears seem to be very busy in the Baltics at the moment with our colleagues at Estonia's ERR also reporting on matters ursuline as bear cubs were spotted crossing a road in the west of the country.


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