State pays for Nature’s urges – Macedonian bear convicted for stealing honey

A bee keeper could no longer bear it and he most certainly wasn’t grinning when his prized honey would be eaten before seeing market by a very determined bear, according to the BBC

The case was brought by the exasperated beekeeper after a year of trying vainly to protect his beehives.

For a while, he kept the animal away by buying a generator, lighting up the area, and playing thumping Serbian turbo-folk music.

But when the generator ran out of power and the music fell silent, the bear was back and the honey was gone once more.

However, the culprit snuck away before Bitola officials could catch it, but the judge decided to rule in favour of the farmer for the following deduction –

Because the animal had no owner and belonged to a protected species, the court ordered the state to pay for the damage to the hives – around $3,500 (?1,750; 2,238 euros).
We do not know if this settlement took the sting out of the attacks on the farmer or if he thought it was sweet news to his ears.
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