Colorado girl seriously injured in bear attack outside home

A five-year-old girl was seriously injured after she was attacked by a bear early Sunday morning

A five-year-old girl was seriously injured after she was attacked by a bear early Sunday morning

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

The woman screamed at the black bear, who then dropped the girl, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Authorities say the girl walked outside at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday because of noises she thought were coming from her dog. "When she went outside to investigate, she witnessed a large black bear dragging her.daughter", the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) agency said in a statement.

The CPW is requesting the public's help in finding the animal. She is at St. Mary's Medical Center in Grand Junction at this moment. Officials said they set three traps for the animal on Sunday and that if it is captured, it will be destroyed.

The girl's father tells KJCT Channel 8 that his daughter is in fair condition Sunday night after being taken to a hospital with serious injuries.

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

"She's been the calmest person in the room all day", said Dr. Breaux. Doctors will monitor the girl to ensure she doesn't have rabies.

The bear is now being tracked down by Parks and Wildlife officers and federal wildlife services personnel. The bear had not been caught as of Sunday evening.

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