Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Utah Boy Killed by Bear!

AMERICAN FORK CANYON — A black bear that fatally mauled an 11-year-old boy in American Fork Canyon might not have been motivated by leftover camp food, officials said Monday. "It does not appear that the very minimal amount of food in the campsite had anything to do with the bear attack," Utah County Sheriff's Lt. Darren Gilbert said.

The boy, Samuel Evan Ives of Pleasant Grove, was camping with his family in a wooded area just north of the Timpanooke campgrounds Sunday night when a bear slashed through his tent and pulled him out in his sleeping bag.

"We're trying to make sense of this very tragic event," grandfather Eldon Ives said. "It's something that just doesn't make sense. It's like a bad dream. We're still struggling with how to grieve."

Complete story at: Deseretnews.com

Really tragic story going on in Utah! I have personally been hiking in this canyon and in this area when I went to college at Weber State. It seems that this year there are a lot of stories of bear attacks, more so then usual, at least it seems that way.