Mother's shout scares bear into dropping her 5-year-old daughter

Mother's shout scares bear into dropping her 5-year-old daughter

A five-year-old girl has been seriously injured after being attacked by a bear outside her home in Colorado.

The attack took place in East Orchard Mesa, a small community near the Colorado River and about 250 miles (400 km) west of Denver.

Her mother told CPW officers she heard screaming and witnessed a large black bear dragging her daughter when she went to investigate. She yelled at the creature and it dropped the girl.

Porras says warming temperatures on Sunday made the hounds' ability to track the bear less effective.

On Monday, one day after the attack, the department announced it had killed the bear suspected of attacking the girl. The girl is recovering at St. Mary's Medical Center in Grand Junction.

The attack happened about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, according to KDVR. "She's hurting pretty good", he said during the call. The bear approached her, and as she was going back into the home, the bear grabbed her and "ripped from the door", deputies said. The father told deputies he believed the 5-year-old was camping outside, but later said that was false, according to the sheriff's office.

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"Fortunately she had no life-threatening injuries, no injuries to her brain or chest organs or abdominal organs and no fractures".

Wildlife officers are confident the bear they killed is the same one that attacked the girl based on its appearance and behavior, but authorities won't know for sure until its body is analyzed.

CPW told KCNC-TV Sunday afternoon they set up three traps in the neighborhood which were left overnight.

"You get sightings year-round because they have that year-round food source, which is trash", Wigner added to the Gazette.

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.

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