5-year-old Colorado girl attacked, severely injured by black bear

14 May, 2018, 13:18 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Young girl attacked by bear in Grand Junction

The incident happened in east Orchard Mesa, which is just south of Grand Junction on the other side of the Colorado River.

The victim's mother told CPW officers she heard screaming at approximately 2:30 a.m., Sunday morning.

The mother says she scared the bear away by screaming at it.

The girl was transported to St. Mary's Medical Center in Grand Junction with serious injuries, CPW said.


The girl allegedly was outside because she thought she heard her dog making noises. When she went outside to investigate, she witnessed a large black bear dragging her five-year-old daughter.

"Our officers are actively searching for the bear and will do so overnight and as long as it takes", said Mike Porras, a spokesman for the CPW's Northwest Region office. Residents may see a heavy law enforcement presence in the area, including hounds.

Authorities have begun setting up bear traps around Grand Junction in order to capture the animal which attacked the girl, reports CBS4. Experts say that once a bear discovers a way to get food on a person's property, they will remember and keep coming back. Wildlife officers are now combing the area for the bear.

Officials are still tracking the animal and asked residents in the area to report any bear sightings.

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