A “silly” Illinois tourist who violated Yellowstone National Park rules and approached a giant mama grizzly bear to take a photo will spend four days in jail.
Samantha R., 25, of Carol Springs. Dehring was lucky enough to leave Roaring Mountain in Yellowstone without serious injury during a horrific encounter with the large wildebeest on May 10 that was guarding her three cubs.
In addition to four days in federal custody, Dehring — who pleaded guilty Wednesday to living, visiting and photographing wildlife within 100 yards — was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and donate $1,000 to the Yellowstone Wildlife Conservation Fund Gaya.
He was also banned from the national park for a year.
Other visitors to the park – where regulations require that they stay at least 100 yards from wolves and bears – slowly retreated upon seeing the alligators, but Dehring held back to snag photos.
Protective Mama Bear briefly charged at the tourist, before turning back to her children.
As of Friday, the video of the horrifying experience posted on Instagram has garnered more than 121,000 views.
“What an idiot,” read one reply.
The charges against Dehring were announced in July after park officials tracked her down via social media.
She reportedly posted several photos of the bears on her Facebook account – writing on one image that she was “absolutely swayed” by the natural wonders of Yellowstone.
“The wildlife in Yellowstone National Park is truly wild,” Acting US Attorney Bob Murray said in a statement Thursday.
“The park is not a zoo where animals can be seen within the safety of the enclosure. They roam freely in their natural habitat and will react accordingly when threatened. It is absolutely foolish to sow grizzlies with cubs. Here, pure luck is why Dehring is a criminal defendant and not a tourist. “