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Yellowstone National Park officials used this post on Instagram to try to identify a woman who got too close to a bear in May.

An Illinois woman who got too close to a Yellowstone grizzly family so she could take photos was sentenced to four days in custody and other penalties, including a one-year ban from the national park.

In a press release, Acting United States Attorney Bob Murray said Samantha R. Dehring, 25, pleaded guilty to willfully remaining, approaching and photographing wildlife within 100 yards.  The other count, feeding, touching, teasing, frightening or intentionally disturbing wildlife, was dismissed.

The incident occurred May 10 at Roaring Mountain in Yellowstone National Park. Visitors noticed a sow grizzly and her three cubs. While other visitors slowly backed off and got into their vehicles, Dehring remained and continued to take photos as the sow bluff charged her.

"Approaching a sow grizzly with cubs is absolutely foolish," Murray said in the press release. "Here, pure luck is why Dehring is a criminal defendant and not a mauled tourist."

Contact Jennifer Dorsey at jennifer@jhnewsandguide.com or 732-5908.

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor for the News&Guide and one of the editors for local articles printed in the Jackson Hole Daily.

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(1) comment

Tim Rieser

Jail is a bit over the top.

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