Mom hears screams, sees bear drag off her 5 year-old daughter

The little girl survived but with serious injuries.
								Posted May. 15 2018 8:40 AM					Updated May. 15 2018 8:52 AM								
								Posted By Bill Young

The little girl survived but with serious injuries. Posted May. 15 2018 8:40 AM Updated May. 15 2018 8:52 AM Posted By Bill Young

Paediatric surgeon Charles Breaux Jr told reporters the bear apparently bit the girl on her back but she did not have any injuries to her brain or organs or suffer any fractures.

CPW officers will transport the bear's carcass to the agency's Wildlife Health Laboratory in Fort Collins for a full necropsy, according to a press release.

The mother told wildlife officers the girl went outside after hearing noises she thought could have been made by a dog.

Doctors at St. Mary's Medical Center in Grand Junction say the girl is in good spirits and is surrounded by her family and stuffed animals.

Kimberly's mother heard screams a few minutes later and looked out the window to see her daughter being dragged off by a bear. Wildlife officers placed three traps in the area overnight, actively monitoring them and continuing the investigation, when they observed the bear walking up to a residence approximately a half-mile away from the location of the attack.

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The girl is now in fair condition at St. Mary's Medical Center. The father described the girl's wounds, saying she had been bitten on her buttocks and leg, and said that she was not bleeding severely from the wounds at the time of the call.

Federal and state wildlife officers are using traps in an effort to capture the bear that is now considered unsafe. If it is captured, CPW said the bear will be put down.

Officials have urged local residents to make sure bins are secure, keep pet food inside and immediately report any further sightings of bears.

The bear had yet to be captured as of Sunday night. "With many more people living and playing in bear country, human-bear encounters are on the rise".

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