Judge Awards Bear Attack Victim's Family $1.95 Million
Following a legal challenge that went all the way to the Utah Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball has sided with the family of Samuel Ives who was killed by a bear while camping in American Fork Canyon in 2007. UPI has a write up on the final verdict and the case.
Judge Dale Kimball said the U.S. Forest Service failed to warn the family, as required, that a dangerous animal was known to be in the canyon. The forest service had received reports earlier in the day that a bear had opened coolers and slashed through a nearby tent. The boy's family contended the forest service had the responsibility to warn them about the earlier incident, either verbally, by posting signs or roping off the area.