California Law Too Vague in Feeding Big Game Mammals
A 77 year old woman who was charged with feeding big game mammals last summer will not pay fines, serve jail time or do any community service. Lynn Gravier of Laytonville faced a misdemeanor charge but received a deferred sentence in the case. Department of Fish and Game got a search warrant last summer after neighbors had called to complain about too many bears in the Laytonville neighborhood. One woman said a bear had torn up her truck cab, and another said a bear broke into her house and had torn out insulation. When the DFG officials searched Gravier's property they seized over 500 lbs of rolled corn, that Gravier had mixed with oil and dog food to feed the bears.
Gravier had a thing for bears, and had been feeding them for the last 22 years. Her lawyer said there were neighbors who did not want to have anything to do with the case, Gravier is a sweet old lady who just likes feeding bears. Also community members said that she was only caring for animals that had been displaced by poachers and illegal marijuana growers. The law only says it is illegal to knowingly feed big game mammals, and that this has many loopholes as to what is considered big game. As some bears are in that criteria and others are not. Gravier's attorney, Duckler believes most of the evidence was circumstantial and he is pleased with the outcome of the trial.
"If she obeys all laws, including not feeding any bears, and allows Fish and Game to search her premises at reasonable times, then the plea will be withdrawn and the case dismissed,"Mendocino County Deputy District Attorney Tim Stoen said. "We were not trying to punish her in any way; we just wanted to stop the bear feeding." The DFG are happy the feedings will stop, as that proves problematic for the bears and the people in the vicinity. From The Ukiah Daily Journal.