Grandfather blames feds for bear mauling
PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (AP) ” The grandfather of an 11-year-old boy who was killed by a black bear blamed federal foresters Tuesday for not warning that the animal had harassed another group of campers at the same site hours earlier.
“We’re hoping that the Forest Service will do a better job protecting campers. It’s been like a surreal nightmare,” Eldon Ives told reporters at a news conference on his front lawn.
“The violent way he was taken is a sorrow that will never heal,” Ives said.
He said there was no food in the tent to attract a bear.
Sam Ives was snatched from inside a tent that was a Father’s Day gift to his stepfather, Tim Mulvey.
“Something’s dragging me!” the boy screamed as he was pulled by his sleeping bag before midnight Sunday in the Uinta National Forest, about 30 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.
The boy was found mauled to death about 400 yards away, hours later. The family had pitched their tent about a mile from a designated campground.
Authorities said it was the same 300-pound black bear that confronted campers before dawn Sunday.
Kurt Francom said his son was kicked in the head through a tent wall. The bear clamped his jaws on a pillow and carried it off.
Using tracking dogs, Forest Service staff tried to find the bear but were unsuccessful. Signs in the area generally warn about bears.
The bear that killed the boy was fatally shot Monday, about 12 hours after the attack.
Sam Ives would have been a sixth-grader in the fall at Valley View Elementary School in Pleasant Grove.
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