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Highlands woman accused of feeding bears to undergo mental evaluation

Highlands woman accused of feeding bears to undergo mental evaluation

HIGHLANDS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA.com) - An 81-year-old Highlands County woman who was arrested for feeding bears will have to remain in jail until a doctor can arrange for her to be placed into a mental health facility for evaluation.

Mary Musselman was arrested Monday night for violating a judge's order not to feed any wildlife. It was a condition of her pre-trial release on bond last month.

In January, Musselman was arrested after being repeatedly warned by wildlife officials to stop feeding bears from her backyard. Neighbors complained her wildlife feedings attracted bears and there had been several sightings in the area, as well as one bear that damaged a porch.

The retired teacher spent more than a week in jail. Judge Anthony Ritenour set her bond at $12,000. She was allowed to go home after her husband apologized to the judge and promised to keep her under supervision. Ms. Musselman was also charged with two felonies for resisting arrest.

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