5-year-old Colorado girl attacked, severely injured by black bear


The girl's father identified her as Kimberly Cyr, saying she will be "fine" following the attack early Sunday morning in Grand Junction, CO. The girl's mother heard her screaming and saw the bear dragging the child.

The woman screamed and the bear dropped the girl, who suffered serious injuries. "Based on bear behavior, it's possible this bear will come back to the area". The girl's mom heard her daughter yelling outside their home just east of Grand Junction.

Wildlife officials remind the public to keep homes from being an easy food source for bears, which is the easiest way for the animal to lose its fear of people.

"[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.

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

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A five-year-old girl was seriously injured after she was attacked by a bear early Sunday morning.

Kimberly's recovery could take several weeks. "No injuries to her brain or chest organs or abdominal organs and no fractures".

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers and federal wildlife services officers are now tracking the bear.

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

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