Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Young girl attacked by bear in Grand Junction

Young girl attacked by bear in Grand Junction

Authorities in Grand Junction are tracking a bear that attacked a 5-year-old girl outside her home early Sunday morning, CBS Denver reports.

But the girl's mother heard her daughter screaming and went outside to see a "large black bear" dragging her daughter, CPW officials said.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Colorado Parks and Wildlife is investigating a bear attack on a child in East Orchard Mesa, above the Colorado River corridor, in Grand Junction overnight.

The girl's mother told state wildlife officers that her daughter went outside around 2:30 investigate noises she thought might be coming from her dog.

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

The victim's mom told officers she heard screaming at 2:30 Sunday morning.

The young girl was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center. The little girl's condition has been upgraded from serious to fair by the hospital.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers and federal wildlife services officers are now tracking the bear. Residents in the area are encouraged to stay alert and report any sightings of a bear in the area.

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