A lady captured on video being charged by a mom grizzly will spend 4 days in jail for getting too near bears in Yellowstone Nationwide Park.
Park rangers launched a nationwide hunt for the lady after footage of the encounter went viral in Could.
Samantha Dehring, 25, of Illinois pleaded responsible to willfully remaining, approaching and photographing wildlife inside 100 yards, in accordance with a Yellowstone Nationwide Park assertion.
Wyoming Decide Mark L Carman sentenced her to 4 days in custody, one yr unsupervised probation, a $1,000 nice and a $1,000 neighborhood service cost. She was additionally banned from Yellowstone Nationwide Park for a yr.
The video confirmed Ms Dehring filming a sow grizzly and her three cubs on 10 Could earlier than one of many grizzlies seems to turn out to be distressed. It expenses in direction of Ms Dehring earlier than breaking away and returning to her two cubs.
Ms Dehring and the individual filming the encounter could be heard gasping earlier than they
“Oh my God, oh my God,” Ms Dehering could be heard saying she backs away from the automobile.
Whereas different guests slowly backed off and obtained into their automobiles, Ms Dehring remained and continued to take footage because the sow bluff charged her, in accordance with the violation discover.
When an animal is close to a path, boardwalk or car parking zone in Yellowstone Nationwide Park, persons are required to remain at the very least 100 yards (91 metres) from bears and wolves, and should flip and depart to keep up the space.
Prosecutors dropped a separate rely of feeding, touching, teasing, horrifying, or deliberately disturbing wildlife.
Appearing United States Lawyer Bob Murray stated Ms Dehring is fortunate to have escaped with fines and a stint in federal custody.
“Wildlife in Yellowstone Nationwide Park are, certainly, wild. The park isn’t a zoo the place animals could be considered throughout the security of a fenced enclosure. They roam freely of their pure habitat and when threatened will react accordingly,” Mr Murray stated.
“Approaching a sow grizzly with cubs is completely silly. Right here, pure luck is why Dehring is a prison defendant and never a mauled vacationer.”
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