SALT LAKE CITY --- Testimony is underway in a trial over a bear attack that killed an 11-year-old boy. The family of Sam Ives is suing the U.S. Forest Service, alleging they were negligent in preventing his death.
"Nobody did anything and my son was killed!" Rebecca Ives sobbed as trial wrapped up for the day.
Sam Ives was killed when a bear snatched him from the tent he was sleeping in with his family back in 2007.
According to court records, a group of campers stayed at a campsite in the Timpooneke recreation area in American Fork Canyon on Father's Day, June 17, 2007. A black bear entered the camp and raided coolers at about 5:30 a.m. and bumped a camper as he was sleeping before ripping open the tent. The campers drove the bear from the site and notified the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. The DWR determined the bear was a Level III nuisance and needed to be destroyed.
Officials searched for the bear for hours before calling off the search at about 4 p.m., deciding to return the next day. No notices were placed at the campsite and no attempts were made to notify potential users of the site, nor did DWR request that the United States Forest Service close the campsite.
The Ives family entered the site soon after officials left, unaware of the prior attack. Between 9 p.m. and midnight, according to court documents, a family member noticed Sam Ives was not in the tent, and his lifeless body was later found.
Young said the bear ripped open the tent of the campers earlier in the day and pulled out a pillow, and the Ives tent was placed in nearly the exact same footprint of the prior tent where the attack occurred.
It is sad that this happened.
I once loved to go camping, but worrying about bears is not relaxing. That was the case in Mount Pisgah campground Asheville,North Carolina, between the Bears and Mosquitoes it was miserable.
Should you take your family to a campground with Bears? If you do who's responsible?