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Evaluation ordered for Sebring bear feeder

— A woman accused of illegally feeding bears will receive two mental evaluations, a judge decided Monday.

Circuit Judge William Sites appointed two psychologists to evaluate Mary Musselman, 81, to determine whether she’s competent to stand trial.

Musselman, who attended the court hearing, has been living in a secured wing of an assisted-living center since authorities said in March she violated an order not to feed animals on her property on Kenilworth Boulevard in Sebring.

Last year, Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission officers reportedly found Musselman illegally feeding bears. Despite repeated warnings, they said, Musselman continued to feed the animals and she was arrested.

A court decided that if she stopped feeding wild animals her record would be cleared. But after she was accused of feeding animals again, she was placed on probation.

After authorities charged her with violation of probation, she remained in jail until she was placed in the assisted-living center.

Her next court hearing is scheduled for June 11.

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