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Parents Of Man Mauled By Bear File Lawsuit

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Parents of a Bozeman man who was killed by a bear at a training facility last year filed a lawsuit against the company and owner for wrongful death.

The parents of Benjamin Cloutier, Ronald and Adelle Cloutier filed the suit Thursday saying Animals of Montana and its owner, Troy Hyde failed to take reasonable measures to keep their son safe.

The allegations in the lawsuit include, negligence, wrongful death, liability and emotional distress.

Benjamin was mauled and killed by a grizzly bear while he was cleaning a pen that housed two other bears back in November 2012. After Benjamin's death, Fish Wildlife and Parks investigated the company.

It was determined that the two brown bears housed involved with the mauling posed a safety risk.

"We became aware after Mr. Cloutier's death of numerous instances where animals had escaped the enclosures at the Animals of Montana property," said Andrea Jones, FWP Spokeswoman.

During their investigation, FWP charted other incidents between animals and employees they categorized as dangerous. This includes when an African lion escaped in 2004. Then, a wolf escaped between 2005 and 2006. As well as a scratch to an employee's head by a captive mountain lion in 2007.

ABC/FOX Montana spoke with the owner, Troy Hyde, but he did not wish to comment at this time.
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