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Sam Ives Bear-Mauling: Utah Court Sides With Family's Lawsuit Against State

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SALT LAKE CITY — 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 2007.

The court ruled Friday that a lower court erred in deciding the state was not at fault. The justices found that a bear shouldn't be considered part of the "natural condition on the land" as the lower court ruled.

The ruling sends the case back to a lower court.

The family argued before the Supreme Court that Division of Wildlife Services workers should've warned them when they arrived at a campground in American Fork Canyon on Father's Day 2007 that the site had been abandoned earlier that day because of a non-fatal bear attack.

Sam Ives was asleep that night when the bear ripped through his tent, pulled him out and killed him.

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