Samantha Dehring Wiki – Samantha Dehring Biography
Samantha Dehring is an Illinois woman who received a jail sentence for getting too close to a grizzly bear at Yellowstone National Park. The encounter was recorded, and the video was shared online.
Her age is unclear.
Samantha Dehring Bear Encounter
Dehring of Carol Stream, Illinois, visited Yellowstone National Park on May 10, 2021. She and the rest of her group spotted a mother grizzly bear with three cubs while exploring Roaring Mountain, the Justice Department said.
According to park officials, the rest of the group slowly moved away from the bears and got into their vehicles. Dehring chose to remain standing near the bears to take pictures.
The mother bear charged at Dehring but luckily did not attack her, as the video of the encounter shows. Dehring then put her phone in her pocket and moved away.
Park rangers started investigating the incident in late May and asked the public for help identifying the woman in the video. According to the National Park Service, investigators charged Dehring on August 2.
She initially faced two counts:
Willfully remaining, approaching, and photographing wildlife within 100 yards
Feeding, touching, teasing, frightening, or intentionally disturbing wildlife
Dehring appeared in court in Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming, on October 6. She pleaded guilty to the first count. The second charge was dismissed, according to a news release from the Justice Department.
Magistrate Judge Mark L. Carman sentenced Dehring to four days behind bars and one year of unsupervised probation. She was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and an additional $1,000 to the Yellowstone Forever Wildlife Protection Fund. Dehring was also banned from visiting Yellowstone National Park for one year.