20 Jun 2007

Black Bear Kills 11-Year-Old Camper in Utah

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A black bear (Ursus americanus) made two attacks on campers’ tents in a camping area about two miles above Timpooneke campground in American Fork Canyon, Utah on Sunday.

BYU Newsnet:

The first incident took place before dawn when a bear swatted a tent. The DWR dispatched hunters and hounds to the scene to kill the bear, but conditions were hot and dry and the search was unsuccessful, Karpowitz said.

The second incident took place at about 11 p.m. The boy was alone in a section of the family’s multi-room tent when the bear slashed the tent open and removed the boy in his sleeping bag. …

More than 30 law enforcement officers, four civilians and several bear hounds assisted in the search for the boy, checking nearby campgrounds and vehicles leaving the canyon.

At 1:35 a.m., the boy’s remains were found 300-400 yards from the family’s campsite.

Root said agents from the Division of Wildlife Resources and houndsmen from State Wildlife Resources shot the bear just after noon on Monday.

Deseret News

MSNBC 2:51 video

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Dustin Barber

I feel that Utah Authorites did a excellent job in responding swiftly to the situation of loss of human life. Also the amount of man power and hound power was impressive to serve the justice for that young boy. I myself am a houndsmen in California, Also
to see the State of Utah working together with the civilan houndsmen and the civilian houndsmen working together with the State of Utah, Shows that people can
come together and become strong and firm and stand as one, Thank you all and God Bless You



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