Tourist charged by grizzly bear and cubs while taking photo jailed for four days

A woman who was charged at by a grizzly bear after standing near her cubs has been jailed.

Samantha Dehring, 25, was filmed breaking Yellowstone National Park rules by standing within 15 feet of dangerous wildlife on May 10.

In the video taken at the north end of the Roaring Mountain car park, Dehring can be seen heading towards the very edge to get as near as possible to the family of grizzlies.

When the mother charged towards her at speed to warn her off getting any closer, Dehring – still with phone in hand -makes a swift turn after getting the message.

Despite the fact she stayed in the car park, Yellowstone regulations demand visitors stay at least 300 feet away from bears and wolves.

Dehring learned her fate at U.S. District Court on Thursday as a result of the grizzly encounter.

After pleading guilty to wilfully remaining, approaching, and photographing wildlife within 100 yards, Dehring was handed a four day prison sentence and a year of probation.

Acting United States Attorney Bob Murray said: "Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park are, indeed, wild.

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"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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The Yellowstone National Park official website states: "The animals in Yellowstone are wild and unpredictable, no matter how calm they appear to be. The safest (and often best) view of wildlife is from inside a car.

On top of her four days behind bars, Dehring from Illinois, was sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation, and told to pay a $1,000 fine, a $1,000 community service payment to Yellowstone Forever Wildlife Protection Fund, a $30 court processing fee and a $10 assessment.

She has also been banned from Yellowstone National Park for a year.

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