Feds seek dismissal of Utah bear attack lawsuit
Aspen, CO Colorado
SALT LAKE CITY ” Government lawyers are asking a judge to dismiss a $2 million lawsuit brought by the parents of an 11-year-old Utah County boy who was attacked and killed last year by a bear while camping in American Fork Canyon.
U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball will hear arguments at a hearing set for Wednesday.
The family of Sam Ives claims the U.S. Forest Service is liable because it didn’t alert the public to earlier bear problems in American Fork Canyon.
Government lawyers argue in court papers that the canyon has signs warning of bears, that the Forest Service has discretion to close campgrounds or not ” and that the Ives family wasn’t at a developed campground.
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