Yellowstone Tourist Charged After Getting Too Close To A Bear

Sania SaeedWeb Editor

02nd Aug, 2021. 09:08 pm
Yellowstone tourist charged after getting too close to a bear

A woman had a close encounter with a bear while shooting photos at a tourist attraction.

The woman, from Illinois, US, was with a small group of tourists who spotted a female grizzly bear and her two cubs in Yellowstone National Park.

The woman, from Illinois, US, was with a small group of tourists who spotted a female grizzly bear and her two cubs in Yellowstone National Park.

The moment the bear bluff attacks the snappy tourist, who reportedly ignored instructions to get in her car, is seen on camera by a witness.

She continues to take photos, trying to get a better shot of a massive grizzly and her cubs, as onlookers gasp in horror, saying “oh my god”.

The bear then turns away, and the woman escapes unharmed

“It was terrifying,” Addington told USA Today of the incident.

Commenters were furious at the close encounter, with one saying: “Then the bear pays the consequences of a human’s stupid and thoughtless decision.”

Another wrote: “I am so glad you are finally pressing charges. I see this too often and people simply do not understand the consequences of their actions. An Instagram photo is simply not worth it.”

A third wrote: “And of course if she would have been hurt or killed it would have been the bear’s fault and they would put the beardown!!! Stupid stupid people!!!! All for a picture, if you want an up-close picture buy a camera that has a lens that gets you up close and personal!”

It was a tip-off in response to the post that ultimately led to investigators charging Samantha Dehring.

The Illinois woman is facing charges of feeding, touching, teasing, frightening or intentionally disturbing wildlife and violating closures and use limits

There is an average of one bear attack at Yellowstone each year, and in 2011 and 2015 three people were killed by bears in separate incidents, leading the park to introduce distancing rules for visitor safety.

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