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The Mandan woman who allegedly approached a Dakota Zoo primate cage, touched a siamang through the cage and took a selfie is scheduled for trial in September.

Ashlee Brown entered a not guilty plea in Bismarck Municipal Court on Wednesday, court documents show. Her trial is set for Sept. 23.

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The siamang primate exhibit at the Dakota Zoo in Bismarck.

Brown, 18, is charged with criminal trespass, a Class B misdemeanor, for allegedly jumping a guard rail and approaching the cage. A siamang is a gibbon, which is a small ape.

It is zoo policy to prosecute if an animal is placed in danger by a person's actions, according to Director Terry Lincoln. He has said concerns include injuries to an animal or a person and the transmission of diseases.

The charge against Brown carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and a $1,500 fine. Court documents do not list an attorney for her. Brown has not responded to a request for comment left at her home by The Bismarck Tribune.

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Reach Travis Svihovec at 701-250-8260 or Travis.Svihovec@bismarcktribune.com

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