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3 Charged With Feeding Bears In Central Florida

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File photo of a black bear. (photo: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images))

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LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) — Three people in central Florida face charges for feeding bears and other wildlife in an area where a woman was mauled by a bear in April.

The charges are second-degree misdemeanors. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that one person in the woman’s Lake Mary neighborhood pleaded not guilty Friday.

Two others in nearby Longwood pleaded no contest and were sentenced to 6 months’ probation, 25 hours of community service and a $200 payment to the commission’s wildlife alert hotline.

After the attack on Terri Frana in her driveway, wildlife authorities killed more than a half-dozen bears that showed signs of being accustomed to human food, either from garbage or human feeding. The FWC says DNA from one of those bears matched samples collected from Frana’s clothing.

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