5-year-old girl seriously injured in black bear attack outside home

A 5-year-old girl suffered serious injuries after she was attacked by a bear overnight in east Orchard Mesa

A 5-year-old girl was attacked by a bear in Colorado early Sunday.

The girl's father, Duane Cyr, identified her as Kimberly Cyr, 5.

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. When the mother went outside, she told CPW officers that a large black bear was dragging the girl. After the mother began screaming, the bear dropped Cyr and retreated.


The mother told officials her daughter went outside to investigate noises in the yard that she thought was her dog. They said her recovery could take several weeks.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife says officers are tracking the bear with the help of federal wildlife officers. The little girl's condition has been upgraded from serious to fair by the hospital.

The bear had yet to be captured as of Sunday night. The bear will be "destroyed" when it is found, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said, and its carcass will be sent to a laboratory operated by the agency for further examination. CPW said area residents could expect to see law enforcement officials and hounds in the area, and ask anyone to report bear sightings to officials.

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