Mountain-area residents might not have known it, but a war was waged and won on land belonging to one of their neighbors.
The conflict pit Tupper Briggs, Evergreen resident and hobbyist beekeeper, against neighborhood bears.
Briggs, who lives on 10 acres near Evergreen Meadows, started keeping bees about eight years ago. He had one year of tranquility before the bruins struck. They sniffed out the honey and the larvae they love to eat and breached Briggs’ hives in a hurry.