I don't have any hives yet, and I live in town and am not sure I will put the hive(s) HERE, but probably not. But then again, maybe, if I think I can get away with it.
Anyway, what I was considering was getting a dog run, you know, those cyclone fence things, to keep "kids on a dare" and dogs and raccoons away from my bees. Of course the bees could still fly in and out the fence holes. There are a couple of BIG dogs down the street that seem to run free quite frequently. Nice dogs, but BIG.
Would a dog run work? If I can even find/afford one.
I KNOW we have a big raccoon in the neighborhood. I don't know WHAT he finds to live on but he tore the heck out of my tiny plum tree one night, trying to get some fruit off it. My daughter saw him. I've seen him before, too. He is BIG.