POWELL, Wyo. (AP) — A northern Wyoming business says it suffered more than $25,000 in damage and lost production after a black bear tore through its bee hives near the Yellowtail Wildlife Habitat Management Area.

To make matters worse, a hail storm passed through the area last week, causing more damage to the business.

Ben Zeller, whose family owns Queen Bee Honey in Lovell, says Queen Bee produces about 200,000 pounds of honey a year, mainly to make candies.

Zeller says the hives are a total loss and will need to be rebuilt next year.

The business has contacted its insurance company and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

The state has agreed to foot a portion of the costs.

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