Woman Sentenced To Prison Over Video Of Grizzly Bear “Bluff Charge"

The stupid things people do for ‘likes’ on social media.

A video of woman trying to photograph grizzly bears went viral, after that bear ‘bluff charged’ at her in Yellowstone National Park.

Now that woman, Samantha Dehring, 25, from Carol Stream, Illinois, has been sentenced to four days in jail and banned from Yellowstone National Park for a year.

Earlier this month, Dehring was charged with disturbing wildlife during a trip she took there in May.

She was dumb enough to try and get a close-up picture of a mama grizzly bear and her cubs.

KTVQ-TV reports:

"She continued to take pictures as the sow bluff-charged her. Witnesses took pictures and video of the incident which were shared with news outlets, eventually leading to her identification.
A news release from the National Park Service says that Dehring 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.
During the hearing, Dehring said she has suffered emotionally from social media attacks due to the incident and has had to delete all of her social media accounts. She also said that she understood that she put herself and other tourists in grave danger and regrets the incident…
Dehring will serve four days in the Gallatin County Detention Center and will pay slightly more than $1,000 in fines, plus another $1,000 to the Yellowstone Forever wildlife protection fund.
She is on probation for a year and also banned from the park for a year.
Judge Carman said his decision was designed to "put an exclamation point on how serious this is."

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