- Associated Press - Friday, June 27, 2014

EOLIA, Ky. (AP) - Black bears in eastern Kentucky are taking a sweet, sticky cue from Winnie the Pooh in search for honey.

WYMT-TV (https://bit.ly/1iMGAeu ) reports that some bears roaming in Letcher County have ditched the garbage cans in favor of bee hives.

“Every night when the dogs start barking everyone is looking for the bears,” said Machaela Lee.

Lee said bears have gotten to her bee trees before as well as berry patches near her house.

“It really slows down our production when a bear gets into the hive, especially if they get the queen bee,” Lee said.

Carl Church said a bear broke through a window to get into his building where he keeps bee hives.

“I just walked in there and saw my bees all torn to pieces,” Church said.

Bears are becoming a common sight this time of year in the region. The beekeepers say they’ve seen multiple bears on their property, including a mom and two cubs.

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Information from: WYMT-TV, https://www.wkyt.com/wymtnews

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