Judge decides not to see site where bear killed man

Aug 3, 2012 The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- The judge in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a man killed by a grizzly bear has decided not to view the mauling site near Yellowstone National Park in person on the advice of the U.S. Marshals Service, which has deemed the area too risky because of recent bear activity.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal of Cheyenne had been planning to visit the site this past Monday.

Freudenthal heeded the advice and changed her mind.

"The United States Marshal expressed his concern about the safety of all parties involved in the potential site visit, based both on bear activity and the remoteness of the terrain in the event of a personal injury or other issue," Freudenthal wrote July 25.

A 430-pound grizzly killed Erwin F. Evert, of Park Ridge, Ill., six miles east of Yellowstone in June, 2010.

The male grizzly had just reawakened after being trapped, tranquilized and studied by members of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team, which is tasked with researching grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region.

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