Woman jailed after narrow escape from charging grizzly mother in Yellowstone

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A woman imprisoned in a video of a mother accusing her of getting too close to bears in Yellowstone National Park will spend four days in jail.

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Park rangers launched a nationwide search for the woman after footage of the encounter went viral in May.

According to a statement from Yellowstone National Park, 25-year-old Samantha Dehring of Illinois pleaded guilty to willful living within 100 yards, approaching and photographing wildlife.


Wyoming Judge Mark L. Carman sentenced him to four days in custody, one year of unsupervised probation, a $1,000 fine, and a $1,000 community service payment. He was also banned from Yellowstone National Park for a year.

The video showed Ms Dehring filming the alligator and its three cubs on 10 May before a grizzly became distressed. This accuses Ms Dehring of separating and returning to her two cubs.

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Ms Dehring and the person filming the encounter can be heard gasping in front of them

“Oh my god, oh my god,” Ms Dehring can be heard saying as she backs away from the car.

While the other visitors slowly backed off and got into their vehicles, according to the violation notice, Ms Dehring stopped and continued to take pictures.

When an animal is near a trail, boardwalk or parking lot in Yellowstone National Park, people are required to stay at least 100 yards (91 m) away from bears and wolves, and turn to keep distance. and should leave.

Prosecutors dropped a separate count of feeding, touching, teasing, intimidating or intentionally harassing wildlife.

Acting United States Attorney Bob Murray said Ms Dehring was lucky to have escaped a fine and a term in federal custody.

“The wildlife in Yellowstone National Park is truly wild. The park is not a zoo where the animals can be observed within the safety of the enclosure. They roam freely in their natural habitat and when threatened they do so accordingly Will respond,” Mr. Murray said.

“It is absolutely foolish to sow grizzlies with cubs. Here, pure luck is why Dehring is a criminal defendant and not a tourist.”

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Yellowstone National Park

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