Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Mother scares off black bear attacking daughter, five, in Colorado

Mother scares off black bear attacking daughter, five, in Colorado

A doctor treating a 5-year-old Colorado girl attacked by a bear outside her home says she received dozens of internal and external stiches but is not suffering from life-threatening injuries.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife said they are investigating and actively tracking the bear following the attack which occurred in East Orchard Mesa, Grand Junction.

Initially, the girls' parents told police that she went outside to check on her dog after hearing unusual noises about 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

She told authorities that the bear dropped the girl after she screamed at it.

According to the mother, the five-year-old had gone outside after hearing noises in the yard which she thought may have been her dog.

"[The girl] has been the calmest person in the room all day long", said pediatric surgeon Dr. Charles Breaux of St. Mary's Medical Center.

"Black bears are trying to share space with an ever-growing human population", the department's website stated.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife advises the public to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife to their residences by removing attractants, including trash, bird feeders and other potential sources of food.

"We intend to catch this bear", CPW spokesman added.

Dad: I just went to the back door, and it came up to the back door.

Officials have urged local residents to make sure bins are secure, keep pet food inside and immediately report any further sightings of bears.

Every year, there are cases of hungry bears getting into cars and sometimes buildings to find food, especially during periods of drought.

Another bear was spotted about a half-mile from the girl's home a week ago, Romatzke said.

The area is nestled between the Gunnison and Colorado rivers, which provide corridors for migrating wildlife.

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