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Trib Talk Replay: Utah bear ruling and outdoor recreation

Published July 25, 2013 11:00 am

Sam Ives • Two courts have said the government should have protected him.
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Last week, the Utah Supreme Court ruled that the state had a duty to protect 11-year-old Sam Ives from the bear that killed him in 2007 while his family was camping in American Fork Canyon.The ruling was similar to one a federal judge issued for the boy's family, and against the U.S. Forest, in 2011. The federal judge also ordered the U.S. government to pay Ives' heirs $1.9 million. The Utah Supreme Court ordered the case before it back to a lower court, where a civil trial may proceed.Do these rulings have implications for recreation on public land in Utah? What duty does the government have to protect campers, hikers, riders and other people recreating from harm?Trib Talk's Jennifer Napier-Pearce hosted a live video chat about the rulings and whether they will impact recreation. She was joined by George Mason University Associate Professor James Kozlowski, who studies recreation and the law, and by Tribune justice editor Nate Carlisle, who has reported on and followed the case since the bear attacked Sam.Watch the replay above.