Colorado girl attacked by black bear in the middle of the night

The child was attacked by the black bear just outside her Mesa County home

The child was attacked by the black bear just outside her Mesa County home

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

He said Kimberly will be "fine" after the attack happened at their D Road home around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. When the mother went outside, she told CPW officers that a large black bear was dragging the girl. The bear dropped the girl after her mother screamed at it.

The victim is at St. Mary's Hospital with serious injuries. Residents in the area are encouraged to stay alert and report any sightings of a bear in the area.

The girl allegedly was outside because she thought she heard her dog making noises.

The girl received more than six dozen stitches, but Breaux says she's in good spirits.

"Fortunately she had no life-threatening injuries", Breaux said.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are searching for the bear.

"The goal is to trap the bear, and if we do, we are going to put that bear down", Porras explained. They said in their statement that a heavy law enforcement presence will be seen throughout the area as they search for the bear.

Also in the press release, Colorado Parks and Wildlife asks residents to secure all of their trash and keep any pet food inside until further notice.

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