Woman charged by grizzly in Yellowstone could face year in prison for staying too close to bear and cubs - Casper, WY Oil City News
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Woman charged by grizzly in Yellowstone could face year in prison for staying too close to bear and cubs

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CASPER, Wyo. — Illinois woman Samantha R. Dehring, 25, is facing charges for allegedly remaining too close to a grizzly sow and three cubs in Yellowstone National Park in May.

Dehring is facing the following charges, Yellowstone said on Monday:

  • One count of willfully remaining, approaching, and photographing wildlife within 100 yards.
  • One count of feeding, touching, teasing, frightening, or intentionally disturbing wildlife.

On May 10, Dehring was at Roaring Mountain in Yellowstone National Park. When a grizzly sow and three cubs were noticed by other visitors, the other visitors slowly backed off and got into their vehicles but Dehring allegedly remained outside of her vehicle and did not back off.

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“She continued to take pictures as the sow bluff charged her,” Yellowstone says. “Witnesses took pictures and video of the incident, which [were] shared with news outlets and eventually led to her identification.”

“Park Rangers from Yellowstone National Park provided the results of their investigation to Rangers in Dehring’s area who served her the violation notices in person. These charges are only accusations of a violation of law and Dehring is presumed innocent until when and if proven guilty.” 

Dehring could face up to a year in prison and up to $10,000 in fines if convicted. She is expected to appear in front of Magistrate Judge Mark L. Carman in Mammoth Hot Springs on August 26 for her arraignment. 

“This case is being investigated by Yellowstone National Park Rangers and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie Hambrick,” Yellowstone said. “For questions relating to Yellowstone National Park, please contact the Public Affairs Office at 307-344-2015 or yell_public_affairs@nps.gov.”