SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The Utah Supreme Court has sided with a family that sued the state after a bear killed their 11-year-old son at a campground in American Fork Canyon in 2007. The Kansas City Star reports that the child’s parents can now pursue damages of more than a half-million dollars.
The Kansas City Star writes that justices determined Friday that a lower court erred in ruling the state was not at fault. The court found that a bear should not be considered part of the “natural condition on the land” and that the state had a responsibility to warn the family about a previous bear attack at the campground earlier that day.
The Kansas City Star reports that Sam Ives was asleep at the campground when the bear sliced through his tent, pulled him out and killed him.
The ruling issued Friday sends the case back to a lower state court. The family is seeking $550,000 from the state, the maximum that can legally be awarded, writes the Kansas City Star. The family won a nearly $2 million judgment against the federal government in 2011.
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