Utah family seeking $2M in boy killed by bear case

SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge in Salt Lake City is being asked to award $2 million to the family of an 11-year-old Pleasant Grove boy killed by a bear at an American Fork Canyon campsite in 2007.

The Daily Herald of Provo reports that lawyers for Samuel Ives’ family argued today the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources didn’t adequately warn people to stay away after a bear attacked another camper earlier. They say the U.S. Forest Service should have closed the site until the bear was killed.

Government lawyers say warning signs were already posted.

State wildlife agents tried to find and kill the bear after the first attack, and cleared the camp area of things that might attract it.

Ives’ family arrived later that day. The fatal attack happened that night.


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