I got a call from a friend saying a lady north of me is having trouble with bears. In fact they were still there. This was at about 5:45 pm....just before dark. So I called her up and headed over to the chaos When I arrive the family dog has the bear back into the woods....well more like three bears. Adult and two yearlings. Not a good thing to get in the middle of a bear family, but at least the dog had scared away for a little while.......so I went to work The elctric fence she had was pretty crappy and they had reached over it knocking the hive off its stand. They carried the supers up to her porch and began to feast. Meanwhile she is watching in horror from the window. She did manage to put a cover on it, but the bottom board was not stapled so is was laying seperate. I should have trusted my gut, when I asked if it was upside...it looked like it, but she said it wasnt. So I pick it up and out slides a "cube" of frames. Totally glues together by propolis...lucky for me. I picked it up and got everything back together. These bees were very MAD! I got stung a dozen or more times. Bee keeping in the darks sucks. I waited for about 20 min for them to settle down. Meanwhile the dog is doing a good job keeping the bears in the woods, but I knew this would not last... :beg: I looked around on the ground for a clusters of bees I missed then covered the entrance with a moving screen and loaded up.....off I went to my be yard and the safety of a 15k electric fence :drinks: Since this all happened in the dark I wasnt sure what to expect the next day. I released the screen in the am, temp was 39 and bees boiled out. I went to work for the day. The temp was 54 at 3:30 so I decided to take a peek. A pretty good sized colony. Very little stores in the brood box....I think she had a queen excluder on, so maybe they could not move up to the supers anyway, and have consumed what was there. They were activily putting some honey back into the cells. I could not find the queen, but I am a newb and probably missed her. I placed some sugar syrup in the hive inner cover and covered it with the two empty supers......then left them alone. so my plan is to wait a couple of days for them to settle, then go back in when temps warm up. Supposed to rain this weekend. If I cant find the queen I was thinking about uniting this hive with one of my other hives. I have seven, with one being kinda weak. All my other hives are in pretty good shape since they have polishied off around 580lbs of sugar :shock: What should I do next? I figure this colony may not survive the winter. Any suggestions?