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Parents of trainer mauled to death file lawsuit

   BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- The parents of a 24-year-old man killed by a
captive-bred bear are suing a Bozeman-area animal training facility for
wrongful death.
   In their lawsuit filed in Gallatin County District Court on Thursday, Ronald
and Adelle Cloutier said that Animals of Montana Inc. and owner Troy Hyde
failed to take reasonable measures to safeguard their son Benjamin Cloutier.
   On Nov. 4, 2012, Benjamin Cloutier was mauled and killed by a 500-pound
brown bear.
   The couple's lawsuit lists wrongful death, negligence, liability for injury
caused by wild animals and negligent infliction of emotional distress. They are
seeking unspecified damages.
   Chuck Watson, whose law office represents Animals of Montana, tells the
Bozeman Chronicle that he and his client don't believe the company is to blame
and that is was a tragic accident.
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   Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle
   AP-WF-04-26-14 2014GMT

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