Seems like something wacky is always happening in Florida!
This time in a place called Sebring!
An 81-year-old woman down there is being held in jail without a chance at bond because she refused to stop feeding black bears who entered her backyard!
Mary Musselman is a retired gym teacher, and her students find it outrageous that she is in prison, but authorities do NOT consider her actions a laughing matter!
The senior citizen reportedly was arrested after she refused to heed a judge's warning for her to stop feeding black bears in her backyard. The initial incident happened last year when one black bear the woman had been feeding dog food had to be euthanized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. The reason why they did this is because they believed the bear had become too comfortable around humans because of this lady's actions!
Here's what one FWC spokesperson said:
"Feeding bears results in bears losing their fear of people."
Although authorities tried to educate the woman multiple times on the dangers of feeding the bears - Mrs. Musselman refused to stop because she did not think the bears could survive without her help.
At one point police found about 17 or 18 bowls of dog food for the bears in her backyard!
Finally a judge ordered the arrest of the woman. During the arrest Mrs. Musselman apparently resisted and threatened to kill the officers. All which have led to the senior citizen's current situation where she's being held in jail without bond.
However the retired gym teacher's former students are working together to figure a way to get her out. They think it's ridiculous that she's imprisoned, and have said that her husband is dying of cancer at home, and has no one to take care of him!
Hopefully this will all be resolved soon!
Check out more information about the case in a video (above) !!!
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