You can’t keep bears from delicious honey! Remember Winnie the Pooh. That amazing character had one comic flaw – his addiction to honey. If you had placed honey in front of him, you can bet that he is going slurp it all up. Well, you can say that it is based a bit on reality. Bears do go to any length to get honey. It is such an addiction for them that it has become a menace for several beekeepers. The predators often raid bee farms and cause damages worth more than thousands of dollars. But then, can these predators be used in any beneficial way?
Ibrahim Sedef seems to have found a way to deal with them. He stays in Trabzon, Turkey. He is an agricultural engineer specializing in beekeeping. One of his focus has been to tackle this bear problem and try to find a way in which the damages can be minimized.
He tried several ways to entrap the bears. He even tried to lure them away by using bananas, fruits, and other stuff. But then, you can’t really keep a bear away from precious honey. Nothing really worked, and Ibrahim Sedef was at his wit’s end.
He started reading books about bears and their behavior. He even kept photo trap cameras to understand the movements and activities of these bears at night. And then, Ibrahim Sedef had his Eureka moment.
He found out that bears have a ‘taste’ in honey. They go for specific types of honey, especially those which tend to be expensive. So, Sedef turned the bears into honey tasters. He kept a table and placed four kinds of honey on it. It was kept open for the bear to eat and enjoy. The result was mesmerizing. It was discovered that the bears have a wealthy person’s preference. They are easily drawn by the aroma of the Anzer honey. If there is Anzer honey, they won’t even go for the cherry blossom, honey.
And Anzer honey has an exorbitant price – about 2 pounds of it sells for over $300.
Bears can indeed help us to choose the best kind of honey, it seems.