Colorado girl seriously injured in bear attack outside home, officials say

This morning’s bear attack occurred along D Road in the East Orchard Mesa neighborhood just outside the Grand Junction city limits

This morning’s bear attack occurred along D Road in the East Orchard Mesa neighborhood just outside the Grand Junction city limits

The incident happened in the backyard of a home above the Colorado River corridor around 2:30 Sunday morning.

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

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. The bear dropped the girl after her mother screamed at it. Residents in the area are encouraged to stay alert and report any sightings of a bear in the area.

Doctors at St. Mary's said Sunday night that Kimberly received more than six dozen stitches, but she's in good spirits.

According to the woman, the girl had gone outside to investigate noises in the yard she may have thought was her dog.

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CPW is requesting the public's help in finding the animal.

Kimberly's recovery could take several weeks. If it is captured, CPW said the bear will be put down. "No injuries to her brain or chest organs or abdominal organs and no fractures". Doctors will monitor the girl to ensure she doesn't have rabies.

Federal and state wildlife officers are using traps in an effort to capture the bear that is now considered unsafe.

While bear attacks on humans are rare, Porras says there is growing concern.

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