5-year-old seriously injured after bear attack near Grand Junction

Bear attacks 5-year-old girl in Grand Junction early Sunday morning

Bear attacks 5-year-old girl in Grand Junction early Sunday morning

A 5-year-old girl suffered serious injuries after she was attacked by a bear overnight in Grand Junction, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Mike Porras of CPW said later Sunday morning her condition was upgraded to fair condition.

The victim's mother told CPW officers she heard screaming at approximately 2:30 a.m., Sunday morning.

"Fortunately, she had no life-threatening injuries, no injuries to her brain, chest organs or abdominal organs and no fractures".

The girl received more than six dozen stitches, but Breaux says she's in good spirits. "They are thankful that she wasn't injured worse than she was", Breaux said. They said her recovery could take several weeks.

Kimberly Cyr's mother told Colorado wildlife officers that her daughter went outside to investigate what was believed to be their dog making noises.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers are trying to find the bear with the help of federal wildlife services personnel. The press release notes that residents should expect heavier than normal law enforcement presence as well as hounds in the area until further notice.

The bear had yet to be captured as of Sunday night.

CPW says the bear has not been captured but traps have been set.

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