A “foolish” Illinois vacationer who bucked Yellowstone National Park guidelines and approached a large mama grizzly bear to snap a photograph will spend 4 days in jail.
Samantha R. Dehring, 25, of Carol Springs, was fortunate to go away Roaring Mountain in Yellowstone with out critical damage through the horrifying May 10 encounter with the massive wild animal, who was defending her three cubs.
In addition to 4 days in federal custody, Dehring — who pleaded responsible Wednesday to willfully remaining, approaching, and photographing wildlife inside 100 yards — was ordered to pay a $1,000 effective and make a $1,000 donation to a Yellowstone wildlife safety fund.
She was additionally banned from the nationwide park for one yr.
“The park is not a zoo where animals can be viewed within the safety of a fenced enclosure. They roam freely in their natural habitat and when threatened will react accordingly. Approaching a sow grizzly with cubs is absolutely foolish. Here, pure luck is why Dehring is a criminal defendant and not a mauled tourist.”