Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Wildlife Officials Kill Bear That Attacked 5-Year-Old Girl

Wildlife Officials Kill Bear That Attacked 5-Year-Old Girl

Authorities in Grand Junction have set up three traps for a bear that attacked a 5-year-old girl outside her home early Sunday morning.

Pediatric surgeon Charles Breaux Jr. told reporters Sunday that the bear bit the unidentified girl on her back side but she suffered no fractures or injuries to her brain or other organs.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is investigating a bear attack on a child in East Orchard Mesa. Her mother heard her screaming and went outside.

Doctors at St. Mary's Medical Center in Grand Junction say the girl is in good spirits and is surrounded by her family and stuffed animals. They said her recovery could take several weeks.

The girl's parents called 911 to report the attack, and her dad told the dispatcher that she had been outside camping by herself, according to the recorded 911 call obtained by Denver's Fox31.

Based on the description of the bear and its behavior, wildlife officers are confident the dead bear is the same bear involved in the attack on the girl.

This is the version of events his wife told Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

The 125-pound (57-kilogram), approximately 2-year-old male bear suspected in the attack was shot by wildlife officers Sunday night as it was walking up to a home about a half-mile (0.8 kilometers) away from where the girl was attacked. The mom found a large black bear dragging the girl, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. They said in their statement that a heavy law enforcement presence will be seen throughout the area as they search for the bear. "However, we will leave all three traps in place for the time being out of an abundance of caution". The bear approached her, and as she was going back into the home, the bear grabbed her and "ripped from the door", deputies said.

"In the state we manage some 17,000 to 20,000 bears in a state of 5.7 million people".

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