March 25, 2018
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Judge awards $1.9M to family of boy killed by bear

By JENNIFER DOBNER, The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge in Salt Lake City has awarded nearly $2 million to the family of an 11-year-old boy killed by a bear at a campsite in 2007.

The family of Samuel Ives sued the U.S. Forest Service for failing to close the American Fork Canyon campsite in the mountains about 30 miles south of Salt Lake City after the bear attacked another camper.

The Pleasant Grove boy died after the bear ripped through a tent and dragged him away.

In a ruling issued late Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball says the forest service had a duty to alert the public the bear was a threat.

Kimball also says Utah’s Department of Wildlife Resources and Ives’ parents shared some responsibility for the attack.

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