ILWACO, Wash. — Doris Berryhill-Parks, an Ilwaco woman who is accused of feeding the abundant bears in her neighborhood, is scheduled to stand trial in October.
On July 23, Parks appeared briefly to sign a “speedy trial waiver.” She also waived her right to a jury trial.
Parks is scheduled for a nonjury trial at 11 a.m. Oct. 15 in the Pacific County South District Court.
Earlier this year, Parks was charged with two misdemeanor counts of feeding a potentially dangerous animal. She is believed to be the first Washington resident to face prosecution under the 2012 law.
Law enforcement officers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife allege that Parks has fostered an unnaturally large population of potentially dangerous predators by providing a steady supply of dog food.
Parks denies feeding the bears, and says they are harmless. Aside from purchasing undeveloped lots in the area, Parks say she has done nothing that would alter the bears’ destiny.