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Prosecutors seek dismissal of bear attack lawsuit

Prosecutors seek dismissal of bear attack lawsuit



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Federal prosecutors on Monday asked a judge to dismiss a $2 million lawsuit filed against the U.S. Forest Service after a fatal bear attack on an 11-year-old boy.

The lawsuit filed by the family of Sam Ives claims the Forest Service is liable for the boy's death, contending the agency failed to adequately warn the public about bear activity in American Fork Canyon.

Ives was ripped from a tent, mauled and killed by a bear during a family camping trip on June 17, 2007.

Documents filed in U.S. District Court say the lawsuit should be dismissed because Forest Service decisions about "warnings and the management of developed campgrounds are discretionary and involve balancing a variety of public policy considerations."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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