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Family of Utah boy killed in bear attack reaches settlement with DWR

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Posted at 7:09 AM, Feb 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-25 09:14:35-05

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah – The parents of a Pleasant Grove boy who was killed by a bear in 2007 have reached a settlement with the state of Utah.

The family filed a wrongful death lawsuit saying The Division of Wildlife Resources was liable for 11-year-old Samual Ives’ death.

They said it is because officers didn’t warn the public a dangerous bear was in the area and had attacked other campers.

Ives was killed during a Father’s Day camping trip in American Fork Canyon.

The bear was found and put down the next day.

The family’s attorney said they settled for $375,000.

While the DWR refused to enact the family’s proposed “Sam Alert” program, the attorney said he understands DWR is warning people in campgrounds and on trails when an aggressive bear is in the area.