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Woman gets jail time for too-close grizzly bear encounter at Yellowstone

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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.

Other guests at the park — the place rules require they stay at least 100 away yards from wolves and bears — slowly backed off upon recognizing the grizzly, however Dehring lingered behind to snag photographs.

The protecting mama bear then briefly charged at the vacationer, earlier than turning again to her infants.

Video of the terrifying expertise posted on Instagram had been considered greater than 121,000 occasions as of Friday.

“What an idiot,” one reply learn.

Samantha R. Dehring will spend 4 days in jail after breaking Yellowstone National Park guidelines.
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Park officers introduced prices towards Dehring in July after monitoring her down through social media.

She reportedly posted a number of photographs of the bears to her Facebook account — writing on one picture that she was “absolutely floored” by Yellowstone’s pure wonders.

“Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park are, indeed, wild,” Acting US Attorney Bob Murray said in a statement Thursday.

“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.”

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