Bear Attacks Girl In Orchard Mesa

This morning’s bear attack occurred along D Road in the East Orchard Mesa neighborhood just outside the Grand Junction city limits

A five-year-old girl was severely injured after being attacked by a black bear in her backyard in Grand Junction, Colorado early Sunday morning.

The mother tells CPW that her daughter had gone outside because she thought she heard her dog making noises in the yard.

When the mom went out side, she saw the black bear dragging her 5 year-old daughter, the bear dropped her after she started screaming at the animal.

A woman heard screaming outside at around 2.30am in East Orchard Mesa above the Colorado River corridor, the Denver Post reported.

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The young girl was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center. Radio traffic from first responders said she had been bitten on her back and near her head.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife says officers are tracking the bear with the help of federal wildlife officers. 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. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife ended the press release noting that updates would be made as they were available.

According to local news outlet KJCT 8, the 5-year-old's father, Duane Cyr, announced his daughter is no longer in serious condition and will survive after being attacked.

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