Elderly Woman Arrested for Feeding Animals on her Property


Kristan T. Harris  | The Rundown Livebear

At 5 feet tall and 81 years old,  Mary Mussleman in Sebring, Florida is being held in jail without bond. Mary was arrested for leaving bird seed and corn outside her home, apparently for bears.  It is illegal to leave food out for bears in Florida. Neighbors claim that Mary has fed animals as long as they can remember including squirrels, rabbits, birds and of course bears.

Neighbors commented that they believe the local authorities used poor discernment. In the video below local citizens suggest local authorities did not put “a lot of thought into how to handle the situation”. It was also expressed that she is “81 years old” and this was  an extreme “heavy handed” response.

She had been placed on diversion, meaning that if she didn’t violate the law for a certain period of time, her charges would have been removed the record.

But wildlife officials found 81-year-old Mary Mussleman feeding black bears about two weeks ago.

Authorities did a follow up and found bowls and trays with the corn and birdseed in front of her home. This was a clear violation of her probation. Deputies say Mussleman resisted arrest and threatened to shoot them next time they stepped foot on her property.

Why after 81 years has the city of Sebring, Florida chosen to pursue Mary Mussleman?






  1. dennis frye February 1, 2014 11:15 am  Reply

    This is a fucking shame she is 81years old why put her thru this now, this is disgusting, it’s all for money

  2. David40 February 2, 2014 6:27 am  Reply

    While I hate the police state, in this instance I think they did the right thing. I once knew a woman that was an animal love nut case and that same sort of thing. After the animals became dependent on her for their food, and forgot how to feed themselves, she died. Scores of animals died from starvation because of the woman’s seemingly kind actions. In this case I believe It was necessary to stop this woman and she is the one who notched it up to the level of needing to be arrested.

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