5-year-old attacked by bear in Grand Junction

14 May, 2018, 05:15 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • This morning’s bear attack occurred along D Road in the East Orchard Mesa neighborhood just outside the Grand Junction city limits

A 5-year-old Colorado girl is hospitalized with serious injuries after she was attacked by a bear outside her home.

A woman heard screaming outside at around 2.30am in East Orchard Mesa above the Colorado River corridor, the Denver Post reported. When the mother went outside, she told CPW officers that a large black bear was dragging the girl.

The victim's mom told officers she heard screaming at 2:30 Sunday morning. Pictured is a Wild American black bear believed to be similar to the bear involved in the incident. The bear dropped the girl after her mother screamed at it.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Mike Porras said the girl suffered serious injuries and was taken to St. Mary's Hospital.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife says officers are tracking the bear with the help of federal wildlife officers.

Local residents may see heavy law enforcement presence throughout the area, including hounds. Residents were also asked to report any bear sightings immediately.

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According to neighbors who spoke to a reporter from ABC News, the family does have cows, goats, and pigs in their yard.

At this time, authorities are still trying to track down the black bear that attacked the child.

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