Florida Woman, 81, Behind Bars for Feeding Bears Too Much Dog Food

from cnn.com: Don’t feed the bears! It’s an admonishment heard over and over again from wildlife officials. But Florida resident Mary Musselman didn’t listen, officials said. And it got her arrested at age 81. She is being held without bond, CNN affiliate WFTS reported. “I think it is outrageous,” said Karen Tedder. She and other former students of the retired gym teacher held a gathering Thursday outside Musselman’s house in Sebring to pray for her. She must be released, they say, because her husband is dying of cancer and she’s his only caregiver. But authorities had warned her multiple times not to feed the black bears coming onto her property. She did anyway. And she fed them a lot — up to 17 to 18 bowls of dog food at a time, wildlife officials told the affiliate. The bears loved it and kept coming back. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission hated it and kept coming back, too.

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