Colorado girl attacked by black bear in the middle of the night

Clay Curtis
May 14, 2018

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

The girl ventured outside at 2:30 a.m. Sunday to "investigate noises in the yard she may have thought was her dog", a news release from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) stated. The mother said she then heard screaming and went out to find her daughter being dragged by a large black bear. 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.

The victim is at St. Mary's hospital with serious injuries.

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Officers were tracking the bear, along with federal wildlife officials, on Sunday morning. The press release notes that residents should expect heavier than normal law enforcement presence as well as hounds in the area until further notice.

Kimberly's father, Duane Cyr, told ABC News that his daughter was with her mother in the hospital and would be fine.

A child was attacked by a bear in Grand Junction Sunday morning. Residents in the area are encouraged to stay alert and report any sightings of a bear in the area.

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