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Woman who fed vultures, gators settles lawsuit for $53,000

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A Florida woman who fed vultures, alligators, and other wildlife behind her gated-community home has agreed to pay $53,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by homeowners association.

Palm Beach County Judge Scott Kerner on Wednesday permanently enjoined Irma Acosta Arya from feeding wildlife and ordered her to pay up by Feb. 14, the Palm Beach Post reported.

Neighbors and the homeowners association said Acosta Arya’s nocturnal and daytime feedings attracted flocks of defecating and vomiting vultures, along with raccoons, alligators, and bobcats. The golf community borders the wildlife-filled Grassy Waters Preserve.

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“If that was the end of it and you could guarantee that, I’d be very happy,” association president Gordon Holness said after the brief hearing Wednesday. “This is a lady with a compulsion. Hopefully, she understands the extreme penalty she’d be under if this does reoccur. You get cynical after a while.”

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Acosta Arya didn’t attend the hearing, but her husband and son did. Her attorney, James Potts Sr., told the judge she will never feed the wildlife near her home again. He also told the judge she had not done the feedings “for many months.”

The complaints from neighbors started coming in last spring, said Holness. Neighbors reported seeing her providing finger sandwiches and raw chicken for the wildlife.

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