A woman who wasn’t practicing social distancing with a bison at Yellowstone National Park injured on May 20, 2020 after illegally approaching a mother grizzly bear and her three cubs, pleaded guilty to willfully remaining, approaching and photographing wildlife within 100 yards.
Samantha R. Dehring, 25, of Carol Stream, Illinois has been sentenced to four days in custody, one year unsupervised probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, a $1,000 community service payment to Yellowstone Forever Wildlife Fund and court costs. Dehring is also prohibited from going to the park for one year.
“A female visitor was knocked to the ground and injured by a bison,” the National Park Service stated. “She was assessed and refused transport to a medical facility.”
According to NbcNews, the injury occurred in the Old Faithful Upper Geyser Basin as the woman approached the bison to get closer. Park officials had not had any other reports of a bison incident with humans. The posted rules call for visitors to stay at least 25 yards away from all large animals including bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose and coyotes and at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves.
It’s good to remember that Yellowstone National Park is not a zoo where visitors can approach animals protected by fences, moats and enclosures.
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