August 10, 2011
CA Woman With Bear "Spa" Gets Fine, No Jail Time
By Chad Love
It may not be Club Med, but a California woman who opened up an ursine "spa" on her rural property apparently thought the local bears needed a break now and then. In turn, the law gave her a break by not sending her to jail when she got caught...
From this story in the Sacramento Bee:
A woman who turned her rural Northern California home into a spa for wild bears won't go to jail. The San Francisco Chronicle says Lynne Gravier of Laytonville pleaded guilty Monday in Mendocino County to a misdemeanor charge of feeding big game. However, prosecutors agreed to drop the charge in three years if Gravier agrees to stop her bear feeding. Gravier says she's glad it's over. The 77-year-old woman set out a wading pool and bought thousands of pounds of food to feed her guests with corn meal and peanut butter sandwiches. Neighbors complained that the bears broke into their homes and killed livestock. Last year, authorities found 15 black bears at Gravier's home. The filthy house was condemned and Gravier now lives elsewhere.