Illinois woman sentenced after getting too close to Yellowstone grizzlies

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In this video Samantha Dehring is shown too close to a grizzly sow and her two cubs in Yellowstone National Park in Mays. Investigators used tips and an investigation of social media posts to identify the Illinois tourist. 

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An Illinois woman who was cited for being too close to grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park has been fined and sentenced to four days in jail after pleading guilty to the offenses on Oct. 6.

Samantha Dehring, 25, of Carol Stream, Illinois, was fined $1,000, must make a $1,000 community service payment to Yellowstone Forever Wildlife Protection Fund, and will be on probation for one year following sentencing by Judge Mark Carman in U.S. District Court in the park. Dehring also was ordered to pay $40 in fees and banned from the park for a year.

Dehring was charged with intentionally disturbing wildlife after getting too close to a sow grizzly with two cubs near Roaring Mountain on May 15. Her encounter with the bears, during which the sow

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