5-year-old attacked by bear in Grand Junction

5-year-old attacked by bear in Grand Junction

Colorado Parks and Wildlife said they are investigating and actively tracking the bear following the attack which occurred in East Orchard Mesa, Grand Junction.

Local residents have been advised that there will be a heavy law enforcement presence in the area while they search for the bear, including hounds. The child's mother discovered the attack when she heard screaming and saw a large black bear dragging the girl. Officials say the bear bit the girl multiple times on her backside.

In addition to the traps, CPW officers and USDA Wildlife Services personnel will continue searching the area for any additional bears.

"Fortunately she had no life-threatening injuries", pediatric surgeon Dr. Charles Breaux of St. Mary's Medical Center told FOX31.

In 911 recordings released Monday, the girl's father, Duane Cyr, calmly says 'she's just missing a chunk out of her back, a couple spots in her leg'. In the last five years, there have been 13 reported black bear attacks, including Sunday's.

CPW told CBS Denver Sunday afternoon they have set up three traps in the neighborhood which will be left overnight.

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Colorado has an estimated 17,000 to 20,000 bears, a population that's considered robust in a state of 5.7 million people that also attracts many tourists.

The bear attacked the child near the house.

A bear attacking a human is considered rare, according to CPW.

Based on a 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".

Results are expected within about a week.

The CPW is requesting the public's help in finding the animal.

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