In Maryland, lawmakers have passed a bill making it legal to shoot a black bear if it threatens a beekeeper's hive...
"We're concerned about the beekeepers who raise bees for honey and other agricultural uses," Del. McKay explained in a video interview with the Sun in February. "We know that black bears do attack them, and we just need to figure out a way we can protect the investment, because it is livestock. If a black bear is hurting a lamb or a calf, you have the right to shoot that because it is your investment and your livestock. We just want to extend the same to those who are in the beekeeping industry."
Black Bears and Beekeeping in Maryland... Nature of the Problem, Protection Methods, and Summary Information
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