The Utah Supreme Court ruled last week that a bear that killed an 11-year-old boy in an American Fork campground in 2007 should not be considered part of the "natural condition" of the land, meaning the state Division of Wildlife Services could share blame for the death.
A lower court had sided with the state's argument that bears, like avalances and bad weather, are part of the package nature offers when humans choose to recreate on public land.
SLMag weighed in on the case in May: "Walking on the Wild Side."
The state Supremes disagreed and sent the case back down for another trial—unless the state settles. The National Forest Service has already paid out $2 million on the case.
The family's attorney successfully argued that DWS workers should've warned the family that the same bear had attacked another camper hours earlier—but not injured him seriously.
That night, the 300-pound bear ripped into Sam Ives tent, dragged him into the woods and killed him.