It would be safe to borrow money from the mob and bet that the bear will be back.
They're my biggest problem. I've had them walk through electric fences and tear apart a chain link enclosure.
When does bear season open? Fill your freezer and get a nice rug for your wife.
Here in NH, it's legal to shoot problem bears out of season, too, but they won't let you keep the meat or hide.
For next year, put up an electric fence with a serious charger and alternating hot and ground wires, and strap your hives to pallets. If the fence doesn't discourage them, then hopefully they'll make enough noise trying to get the hive apart that you'll wake up.