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Tourist Faces Year In Prison And Big Fine After Taking Picture Of Bear

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Tourist Faces Year In Prison And Big Fine After Taking Picture Of Bear

A woman is facing jail time after she was seen getting too close to a grizzly bear. Watch below:

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Samantha Dehring, from Carol Stream, Illinois, was reportedly spotted "feeding, touching, teasing" an animal at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming on 10 May.

She was filmed by an onlooker getting close to an enclosure.

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In footage captured by Darcie Ford Addington, Dehring can be seen pointing her phone at a group of bears gathering in a clearing when one of the powerful creatures half-charges towards her.

Dehring immediately stops what she is doing and walks away as fellow onlookers are heard gasping in the background.

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Credit: Storyful

Ford Addington told a local news outlet that she captured the video from the safety of her vehicle.

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She said she didn't know the woman seen in the video but had heard other people warning her to stay back.

The National Park Service said the bears use 'bluff charges' to try and 'scare or intimidate'.

As part of its safety guidance, the park advises visitors to stay at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves.

It says: "The animals in Yellowstone are wild and unpredictable, no matter how calm they appear to be.

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"The safest (and often best) view of wildlife is from inside a car."

According to U.S. attorney for the district of Wyoming, Bob Murray, Dehring faces one count of willfully remaining, approaching and photographing wildlife within 100 yards, and one count of feeding, touching, teasing, frightening or intentionally disturbing wildlife.

She will reportedly next appear in court in Mammoth Hot Spring, Wyoming, on 28 August.

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If found guilty, she could be jailed for up to a year and ordered to pay a $10,000 (£7,181) fine.

Last month, a man who was attacked by a grizzly bear was rescued after a helicopter spotted his SOS sign.

Credit: US Coast Guard
Credit: US Coast Guard

The Coast Guard pilot acted immediately after seeing the distress signal on top of a shack at a remote mining camp near Nome, Alaska, recently.

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The unnamed man, said to be in his 50s or 60s, was also seen desperately waving his hands in the air.

After being rescued, the man, who arrived at the camp on 12 July, explained that he had been stalked by a grizzly bear and hadn't slept for several nights, as he had been trying to ward off any further attacks.

A few days after his arrival, he came across the powerful creature, which dragged him down to a nearby river, inflicting injuries to his leg and chest.

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Topics: Attack, US News, crime, Jail, Prison, Bear, court

Dominic Smithers
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