Medina was released on bail, but the bears are paying a much steeper price. And while there's no doubt that Medina loved the bears, one expert explained to The Dodo why feeding wildlife - and bears in particular - is such a bad idea.
"It's never a good idea to feed wildlife," said Dana Dodd, president of the board of Appalachian Bear Rescue, which raises and releases orphaned cubs. "They will come back."
Bears are notoriously smart, which actually hurts them when it comes to human interactions. Once a bear realizes humans equal food, he'll likely stop at nothing to find it.
"They don't know the difference between being fed off your deck, or your neighbor's deck, and someone's deck a mile away who has no idea you're feeding them," Dodd said. "They don't know the difference between what you're throwing out to them, and the ice cream cone in your grandson's hand."