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Court grants workers’ comp to man mauled by grizzly after smoking pot; high vic was feeding bears

A Montana court agreed to grant workers’ compensation to a man who admitted he was stoned on marijuana when a grizzly bear mauled him at a nature park.

Court officials said that Brock Hopkins acted “mind-bogglingly stupid” in November 2007 when he smoked a joint and decided to feed animals at Great Bear Adventures, a privately run park where black bears and grizzlies roam free.

Hopkins was severely injured when a grizzly named Red attacked him while he was roaming the bear enclosure, Montana’s Daily Inter Lake newspaper reported.

His initial application for workers’ comp was denied in 2010.

But a state Supreme Court ruling overturned that decision Tuesday, saying that Hopkins’ pot habit didn’t contribute to his injuries.

A major issue of the case was whether Hopkins was working at the park at the time of the incident.

Park owner Russ Kilpatrick said that Hopkins was just helping out and received some money but wasn’t technically employed by the park. He also said he had warned Hopkins not to feed the bears.

Hopkins insisted that he worked there, and the court eventually ruled that he was an employee and entitled to compensation in its unanimous ruling.

During the investigation, Hopkins admitted that he was high at the time of the mauling, the paper reported.

In its ruling, the court said grizzlies “are equal-opportunity maulers” and that there was no proof that Hopkins provoked the attack because he was high, the paper said.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2011/03/24/2011-03-24_court_grants_workers_comp_to_man_mauled_by_grizzly_bear_after_smoking_pot_vic_wa.html#ixzz1Hm0igrWA

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