Funke said the proposed fine, though relatively small, was the maximum penalty in such a case for a business that employs 25 or fewer people.
Cloutier was originally from York Haven, Pa. He had worked as a trainer at the company since 2008 and had been in the bear enclosure hundreds of times, according to Price. Price also has said Cloutier was trained and knew what he was doing, and there were no prior problems with the animals owned by the company.
Park County officials concluded the death was accidental, and no criminal charges were pursued.
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