Colorado rangers hunt bear that tried to drag away child

An autopsy has been conducted on the 127-pound two-year-old male bear that attacked Kimberly Cyr outside of her East Orchard Mesa home early Sunday morning

An autopsy has been conducted on the 127-pound two-year-old male bear that attacked Kimberly Cyr outside of her East Orchard Mesa home early Sunday morning

A mother scared away a black bear which attacked her five-year-old daughter outside their home in Colorado, officials have said.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife, in a statement on its website, told residents to secure their trash, keep pet food inside, and tell officials about any bear sightings in residential areas.

The woman told Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) officers that her daughter went outside at about 2.30am on Sunday, Mother's Day in the U.S., after hearing noises she thought might be coming from her dog.

The mother said she heard screaming and found her daughter being dragged by a large black bear, but the animal dropped the girl and ran off after she shouted at it.

Kimberly's father drove her to St. Mary's Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colorado where she underwent a three-hour surgery to fix soft tissue injuries caused by the bear's teeth. He said she received 77 external stitches and more internally.

Dad: Just her. She's the only girl.


Authorities have set three traps for the bear.

On Monday, one day after the attack, the department announced it had killed the bear suspected of attacking the girl. "With many more people living and playing in bear country, human-bear encounters are on the rise".

A black bear scavenges for food beside tourists near the famous General Sherman tree at the Sequoia National Park in Central California on October 10, 2009.

Low food quantities force bears to head into neighborhoods and cars to look for garbage to eat.

Results are expected within about a week. Breaux said the girl was in good condition late Sunday.

Federal and state wildlife officers are using traps in an effort to capture the bear that is now considered risky. The home, in East Orchard Mesa, is just above the Colorado River corridor.

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