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Washington woman fined $500 for feeding bears

Washington wildlife officials say they've had to trap seven bears that became a dangerous nuisance in her neighborhood.

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    A black bear hides in a tree behind a home at the Sunrise Estates development in Rotterdam, N.Y. on Oct. 11. The animal was tranquilized by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officials.
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A woman on trial for feeding bears in her neighborhood in Washington state has agreed to stop and pay a fine to settle the case.

The Daily News reports that Doris Berryhill Parks was the first person charged under a 2012 state law that makes it a misdemeanor to feed wild animals.

Under the agreement, Berryhill Parks pays a $500 fine and promises not to leave food outside her Ilwaco home. That means no pet food or bird feeders, and she must keep her garbage cans secure.

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Washington wildlife officials say they've had to trap seven bears that became a dangerous nuisance in her neighborhood.

Wednesday's agreement came after five hours of testimony before a judge in Pacific County District Court in Long Beach. If Berryhill Parks fails to comply, she would be subject to a 90-day jail sentence.

 
 
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