A woman who was charged by a grizzly bear while taking photos of the beast in Yellowstone National Park has been charged with two offenses. A video of the incident went viral on social media.
Samantha Dehring of Carol Stream, Illinois, has been charged with “feeding, touching, teasing, frightening, or intentionally disturbing wildlife, and violating closures and use limits.”
Witnesses to the incident say Dehring got within 15-feet of the sow, who was protecting her two cubs. Others present returned to their vehicles when the bears got closer, but despite warnings, Dehring remained where she was.
Advice on the Yellowstone website states “keep at least 100 yards (93 m) from bears at all times and never approach a bear to take a photo.”
Park officials tracked down Dehring following an appeal for her identity on Facebook. She will appear in court on August 26, 2021.