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Sleep Soundly, America: 81-Year-Old Lady Jailed for Feeding Birds
Activist Post ^ | 03-08-2014 | Melissa Melton

Posted on 03/11/2014 4:08:33 PM PDT by PaulCruz2016

An elderly woman violated her probation by leaving bread crumbs out in her yard for crows and will remain behind bars.

Eighty-one-year-old Mary Musselman was first arrested last month for feeding bears in her backyard. One of the bears was euthanized over it because the Fish and Wildlife Service said the bears might learn not to be afraid of people anymore and then get aggressive.

The judge in the case warned Musselman not to feed any more wild animals of any kind:

A judge gave her probation at the time, and made it clear: Do it again, and go to jail. She did, was arrested in January, and the case ignited controversy when Musselman was held without bond.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: animals; birds; donutwatch; elderly; feeding
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1 posted on 03/11/2014 4:08:33 PM PDT by PaulCruz2016
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To: PaulCruz2016
Where was this?

I am sending Mary Poppins over immediately.

3 posted on 03/11/2014 4:12:29 PM PDT by MarMema ("If Americans really wanted Obamacare, you wouldn't need a law to make them buy it." Ted Cruz)
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To: PaulCruz2016

I feel so much safer now...


4 posted on 03/11/2014 4:12:52 PM PDT by Paisan
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To: PaulCruz2016

What are you in for? Feeding the birds.


5 posted on 03/11/2014 4:13:21 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: PaulCruz2016

No problem at all given that she won’t stop at any step short of that.

Bears are not cartoon characters.


6 posted on 03/11/2014 4:13:37 PM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: PaulCruz2016

bread crumbs will attract bears


7 posted on 03/11/2014 4:15:32 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: PaulCruz2016

“...might learn not to be afraid of people anymore and then get aggressive.”

Sounds like this is describing socialist, Democrat voters whom hard-working taxpayers have been feeding for generations. Now if we could just get the Fish and Wildlife guys to update their euthanasia policy.


8 posted on 03/11/2014 4:19:57 PM PDT by anonsquared
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To: PaulCruz2016

I’ll sleep better tonight now the police have taken such a dangerous criminal off the streets.


9 posted on 03/11/2014 4:21:31 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: PaulCruz2016

They gotta make room on the streets for all those newly minted citizens, the one Paul wants to give amnesty, don’t you know?


10 posted on 03/11/2014 4:25:47 PM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: PaulCruz2016

I really got pissed when I saw news photos of her in a orange jumpsuit and handcuffs.


11 posted on 03/11/2014 4:26:05 PM PDT by Retired Chemist
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To: PaulCruz2016

You can never tell about those evil bird feeding folks. Buck Naked (Phillip Bury) was murdered by one because his dog scared the birds he was feeding.


12 posted on 03/11/2014 4:27:26 PM PDT by null and void ( Obama is Law-Less because Republican "leaders" are BALL-LESS!!)
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To: PaulCruz2016
I disagree with jail, but this woman needs to learn a lesson. When you give creatures (or people) free stuff, they become emboldened and want more of it.

My friend lives out in the country, and he has a neighbor who always puts out bird seed and corn so the deer can feed off of it. One day a half-dozen of them or so came up to his patio and started becoming aggressive when there was no food there and caused damage to his door and yard.

13 posted on 03/11/2014 4:27:29 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (15 years of FReeping! Congratulations EEE!!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

She was attracting wild bears to the area and making them associate humans with food. She was told not to feed the animals to stop this happening but she wouldn’t listen. No sympathy. Being a sweet little old lady is no excuse to ignore the law.


14 posted on 03/11/2014 4:28:13 PM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: PaulCruz2016
Feeding the birds bread at this point is the same thing as feeding the bears. The bears are accustomed to coming there for food. Bread is food as far as bears are concerned.

There is something else going on here. Dementia maybe?

15 posted on 03/11/2014 4:29:32 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (If Barack Hussein Obama entertains a thought that he does not verbalize, is it still a lie?)
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To: null and void

Some girls think they are publicProperty these days


16 posted on 03/11/2014 4:30:15 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Yeah, I hope they beat the crap out of her after breaking down the door and shooting her dog. We are all criminals now. Can you all say “Gestapo “?


17 posted on 03/11/2014 4:30:20 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: PaulCruz2016

At first read, yes, it does sound very petty, very Bloombergish, but think about why this is happening. If she attracts bears in that area, the bears may get over their fear of people and then start attacking folks or destroying their property. It’s sad that she wouldn’t listen and abide by the Judge’s reasonable conditions. Second best would be if she could move in with someone near, but not too near that area of bear habitation. Some seniors will pick a particular thing and double or ‘triple down’ on NOT CHANGING or doing things their way without regard to the results, or effects on their health.


18 posted on 03/11/2014 4:31:32 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: PaulCruz2016
I remember the prior article on her, she likes to feed bears which aren't even related to kittens.

She has a history of being warned and cited and continued to violate the warnings.

She's a crazy old bat so throw her in jail and feed her nothing but wonder bread and water........

19 posted on 03/11/2014 4:33:25 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Was Occam's razor made by Gillette?)
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20 posted on 03/11/2014 4:33:54 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: PaulCruz2016

Feeding bears isn’t a good thing but I throw bread, suet and leftovers out for the crows, ravens and magpies every day.


21 posted on 03/11/2014 4:34:51 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: PaulCruz2016

I live in Sebring FL and know this family. The lady has significant dementia. She does not belong in jail


22 posted on 03/11/2014 4:39:03 PM PDT by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: lee martell
Some seniors will pick a particular thing and double or ‘triple down’ on NOT CHANGING or doing things their way without regard to the results, or effects on their health.

Sounds like my 100+ yo mother! Although she's very sharp in many ways, I see changes in her behavior that I find unexplainable.

23 posted on 03/11/2014 4:41:57 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: PaulCruz2016

Article doesn’t say where this is but at my wife’s family cabin in Cloudcroft NM you have to keep trash inside until you take it to the community bear-proof bins. Attracting bears to the residential area puts neighbors and their pets in danger. It sounds like this lady is mentally not there and a nursing home would probably be better than prison but her actions put her neighbors at risk and needed to be stopped.


24 posted on 03/11/2014 4:46:29 PM PDT by RightOnTheBorder
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To: PaulCruz2016; sionnsar; abigailsmybaby; A CA Guy; airborne; Aloysius88; Altariel; Americanwolf; ...

Why, she’s almost a bird based supervillain!


25 posted on 03/11/2014 4:47:15 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Islander7

Does she belong in a neighborhood drawing bears to that neighborhood by feeding them?


26 posted on 03/11/2014 4:47:55 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: PaulCruz2016

We will not be safe until she is in prison.


27 posted on 03/11/2014 4:48:09 PM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Same here with my 85 y/o Dad. I think it sometimes has to do with the ongoing and very visible loss of control over their lives and their physical environments. My Dad may say, I can’t walk as I used to, and I can’t drive a car either, but BY GUM I’ll be DAMNED if I have my children tell ME to move out of my own house!!! Never mind that the family house is literally falling apart. We stopped fighting it, my sister’s and me. We will enjoy my Dad on his terms while he is still here. I don’t wish to be on anybody’s Sh#t List. He does hold on to his grudges! Sometimes I catch myself doing the same thing.


28 posted on 03/11/2014 4:51:19 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: PaulCruz2016
I found a media source and she was still putting out bread and corn that bears as omnivores eat. She waited until her husband left the house and put the food out.

She's endangering her neighbors by attracting bears and she's already gotten one bear put down. She needs to obey the judge's orders.

29 posted on 03/11/2014 4:51:30 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: PaulCruz2016
It's all fun and games until this sort of thing happens: Pregnant Woman Hit By Car While Running From A Bear

The DOW says the bear had become a danger to the area, becoming too comfortable around humans.

Bears which are habituated to people are dangerous to the entire community. This lady does no one any favors by taming the bears, including the bears themselves.

Her hobby will more than likely end with the death of bears, and/or injuries among her neighbours.

She was forbidden from feeding any animals only after she snubbed her nose at the judge's orders repeatedly. In her mind, the birds and the bears are more important than the people in the community.

If she has mental health issues and can't understand this, where is her family?

30 posted on 03/11/2014 4:55:02 PM PDT by mountainbunny (Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens” J.R.R. Tolkien)
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To: Darksheare
given my absolute hatred for crows, i really don't feel sorry for her, specially since she HAS been warned...

now if they would only put that crow posing as the POTUS in jail

31 posted on 03/11/2014 4:57:38 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: PaulCruz2016

32 posted on 03/11/2014 4:57:57 PM PDT by caveat emptor (!)
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To: PaulCruz2016

Was it in Atlas Shrugged where one of the characters says that it would soon be illegal to do anything?


33 posted on 03/11/2014 5:02:14 PM PDT by cld51860 (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

But being senile does excuse her.


34 posted on 03/11/2014 5:05:42 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: nuconvert

bread crumbs will attract bears
and
bears attract lead


35 posted on 03/11/2014 5:08:48 PM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (Had Enough Yet ? ........................ Enforce the Bill of Rights ......... It's the LAW !!!)
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To: Chode

Next up: Controlling birds to attack people!
[Easily done, I have a lovebird who will do just that.]


36 posted on 03/11/2014 5:10:08 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Darksheare
attack lovebirds... what WILL they think of next???
37 posted on 03/11/2014 5:12:04 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Chode

Peaches even has a pegleg, making the scene quite surreal.


38 posted on 03/11/2014 5:13:48 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: lee martell

We moved mom into assisted living when she was 99. She’s going on 101 now. She had broken her leg and had spent 100 days in rehab. She refused to have household help, and I live 2500 miles away.

She always cried “poor” although she has a nice monthly teacher’s retirement and savings. She fought tooth and nail, but we explained that social services was not going to allow her to go back to her home unassisted. We finally got her into assisted living where she is cared for royally, and she admits that. But, she still complains.

She has acquired odd food habits which make no sense. She insists that the young aides at AL are stealing her makeup and using her bathroom. Yet, she refuses to lock her door!

She carries a big hair pick clutched next to her purse at all times. She takes this down to meals. I try to get her to put it INSIDE her purse, and she refuses. This is a woman who, if I had brought a comb or a brush to the table when I was growing up, would lecture me 3 ways from Sunday about how unsanitary that was. But she’s 100 now and she does it all the time. I finally bought her a purse with an outside zipper pocket that would hold this comb with just a little piece of the handle sticking out so that it would not be so evident.

I think that when aides see the comb they will use it to fluff her hair sometimes, and I think she likes the attention. It is the only reason I can supply for this odd behavior.

In her absence from her house over the past year, Meth addicts broke in and stole a lot of her thinks and made a real mess. I shudder to think what might have happened to her if she had stayed there. The house has been sold and her car given to a granddaughter. The money is in the bank and supporting her in a lovely place.


39 posted on 03/11/2014 5:13:57 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Darksheare
can you climb up on her shoulder and, wait, nevermind...
40 posted on 03/11/2014 5:25:46 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Chode

That. Would. Be. Awesome.
“Man with mutant peglegged Lovebird destroys downtown, film at *door to studio caves in, huge bird shriek is heard, studio crew gets beak smashed by mutant lovebird*”


41 posted on 03/11/2014 5:27:10 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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42 posted on 03/11/2014 5:31:28 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

According to the article (it or the link is posted there for reference), she has dementia and her husband is also ill - and now living alone because some idiot thinks she should be locked up.


43 posted on 03/11/2014 5:33:04 PM PDT by fivecatsandadog
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To: lee martell

“If she attracts bears in that area, the bears may get over their fear of people and then start attacking folks or destroying their property.”

Oh, for sure. There’s thousands of examples of bears attacking people because they ate bread crumbs. I’m sure you won’t have a problem giving us a dozen or so examples of bears eating people because they associated bread crumbs with yummy human arms and legs.

I can hardly wait...


44 posted on 03/11/2014 5:35:13 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: Darksheare
Cheep CHEEP CHEEP!!! gaaaa help...
45 posted on 03/11/2014 5:36:52 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: MUDDOG

“What are you in for?”
“Feeding the birds. How ‘bout you?”
“Giving a cop the bird.”


46 posted on 03/11/2014 5:37:29 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: VerySadAmerican

That’ll do it.


47 posted on 03/11/2014 5:42:00 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: Islander7

There are bears in Florida?


48 posted on 03/11/2014 5:43:03 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Chode

She yells “Peaches! BEEAK!”
The only lovebird I’ve run across that says such a thing, almost clear, and right before you receive said beak.


49 posted on 03/11/2014 6:14:13 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Darksheare
she just wants to wet her beak a little... in your BLOOD!!!
50 posted on 03/11/2014 6:24:49 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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