Woman jailed for not moving when bear charged at her

The bear appeared to attempt to ward Dehring away (Picture: Storyful)

A visitor to a national park in the US has been jailed for getting too close to a grizzly bear and filming it.

Samantha Dehring, 25, admitted a charge of wilfully remaining, approaching, and photographing wildlife within 100 yards at Yellowstone National Park.

Wyoming’s acting attorney Bob Murray said she had been sentenced to four days in prison for the crime.

He slammed her decision to stay put as ‘absolutely foolish’ and said it was ‘pure luck’ the bear didn’t maul her, Insider reported.

A fellow park visitor filmed Dehring taking footage of the mother bear from behind a low stone wall on a ridge.

The sow, which is about 15 metres away with her two cubs nearby, then starts charging towards her.

Dehring walks away in response and the bear also retreats.

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Mr Murray said: ‘Approaching a sow grizzly with cubs is absolutely foolish. Here, pure luck is why Dehring is a criminal defendant and not a mauled tourist.

He added: ‘Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park are, indeed, wild.

‘The park is not a zoo where animals can be viewed within the safety of a fenced enclosure.

An aerial snap of Excelsior Geyser and Grand Prismatic Spring in the national park (Picture: Gado/Getty)
Samantha Dehring getting too close to the grizzly bear and her cubs (Picture: Storyful)

‘They roam freely in their natural habitat and when threatened will react accordingly.’

Dehring was also fined $1,000 (£850) and ordered to pay a $1,000 community service payment to the park’s wildlife protection fund.

She was banned from the park for a year.

The Blue Star spring near ‘old faithful’ upper geyser basin in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming (Picture: AFP/Getty)

A second charge against her for ‘feeding, touching, teasing, frightening, or intentionally disturbing wildlife’ was dismissed.

Similar rules around approaching wild animals exist in Britain.

In London’s Royal Parks, visitors are told to keep a distance of at least 50 metres from the resident deer.

The rule is enforced by park police and volunteers, but rarely results in criminal action being taken, let alone a visitor being sent to prison.

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