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Court: Utah not immune from lawsuit in bear attack

By Associated Press | Posted - Nov. 23, 2010 at 12:31 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Supreme Court has ruled the state isn't immune from a lawsuit in the death of an 11-year-old boy mauled by a problem bear in 2007.

The court issued its ruling Tuesday.

A state judge last year dismissed a negligence suit against the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources by the family of Samuel Ives.

Ives was pulled from his tent by a black bear in American Fork Canyon.

The bear had caused problems earlier that day and crews set out to find it and kill it.

They weren't immediately successful, but did clear the campsite of things that might attract the bear.

Ives' family arrived at the site later that day. The attack happened that night.

Ives' family contends campers should have been warned.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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