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Jail time for tourist who photographed a bear at Yellowstone National Park

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 10/9/2021 Brian Niemietz

An Illinois woman is headed to jail for shooting a bear — with her camera.

Samantha Dehring, who was filmed trying to photograph a grizzly bear at Yellowstone National Park in May, has been sentenced to four days in jail, and she can not visit the 2-million-acre park for a year. She was charged Tuesday with disturbing wildlife while visiting Wyoming and trying to get picture of a bear and its two cubs.

The park strictly prohibits humans from coming within 100 yards of bears and wolves who inhabit the space.

a sign on the side of a mountain: Yellowstone National Park © Shutterstock Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park (Shutterstock/)


Video: Woman faces charges after video shows bear charging her at Yellowstone National Park (USA TODAY)

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The 25-year-old woman from the Chicago suburb of Carol Stream also faces $2,000 in fines. According to acting Wyoming U.S. Attorney Bob Murray, Dehring is fortunate her indiscretion only resulted in light jail time and a dent in her pocketbook.

“Approaching a sow grizzly with cubs is absolutely foolish,” Murray said in a statement. “Pure luck is why Dehring is a criminal defendant and not a mauled tourist.”

Eight people have been killed by Grizzlies in Yellowstone over the past decade or so. The adult bear Dehring was harassing bluffed charging at her, but didn’t attack. She reportedly got within 15 feet of the tourist.

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