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."