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Macedonia - March 13, 2008 - the taste of honey was just to tempting for a bear!
A case was brought to trial by an upset beekeeper after spending a year trying 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. When the generator ran out of power, the bear was back and up to his old tricks.
The bear was a no show at the hearing and was convicted in its absence. Because the bear had no owner and belonged to a protected species, the court ordered the state to pay for the damage to the hives amounting to around $3,500 U.S.
Meanwhile, the bear remains at large somewhere in Macedonia.