5-year-old attacked by bear near Grand Junction

5-year-old attacked by bear in Grand Junction

5-Year-Old Attacked By Bear Near 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.

The girl's father identified her as Kimberly Cyr, saying she will be "fine" following the attack early Sunday morning in Grand Junction, CO.

The mother told Colorado Parks and Wildlife her daughter had thought she had heard their dog outside and that's why she was in the yard.

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She says the bear dropped the girl, identified by her father as Kimberly Cyr, after she began screaming at the animal, USA television network ABC News reported. Wildlife officers are now combing the area for the bear.

The child, whose name was not released, was in a fair condition early Monday at a local hospital, NBC affiliate KKCO said. Traps have been set up around Grand Junction, Colorado in order top capture the bear which attack the five-year-old girl. "No injuries to her brain or chest organs or abdominal organs and no fractures". They said her recovery could take several weeks.

Doctors cleaned and repaired the wounds in a surgery lasting an hour and 45 minutes- requiring more 77 stitches.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are searching for the bear. If caught, the bear will be put down.

While bear attacks on humans are rare, Porras says there is growing concern.

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