The Montana Supreme Court has thrown its backing behind a Workers Compensation Court ruling that a man who was mauled while feeding the bears at a tourist attraction is eligible for workers comp coverage.
According to the Associated Press, Brock Hopkins filed a claim with the Uninsured Employers Fund, which denied it due to the fact Hopkins had smoked marijuana prior to entering a bear enclosure at Great Bear Adventures near West Glacier on Nov. 2, 2007. (WCxKit)
Park owner Russell Kilpatrick claimed that Hopkins was a volunteer and fed the bears after Kilpatrick informed him not to.
The Workers Compensation Court stated Hopkins was an employee and claimed there was no evidence that impairment from smoking marijuana led to the mauling.
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