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

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This morning's bear attack occurred along D Road in the East Orchard Mesa neighborhood just outside the Grand Junction city limits. She told CPW officers the bear dropped the girl after she began screaming at the animal.

The girl's father identified her as Kimberly Cyr, saying she will be "fine" following the attack early Sunday morning in Grand Junction, CO.

According to a statement from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the woman went outside and saw a large black bear dragging her young daughter.

CPW is requesting the public's help in finding the animal.

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The little girl's mother told wildlife officials she heard yelling in her yard around 2:30 a.m. and to her horror, found her daughter being dragged around by a bear.

If captured, the bear will be destroyed and the carcass will be sent to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Health Laboratory in Fort Collins.

"She's been the calmest person in the room all day", said Dr. Breaux.

Doctors said she required 77 stitches, but that no bones or vital organs were damaged.

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Family members have asked for privacy and chose not to speak to members of the media.

CPW officers are actively tracking the bear with the aid of federal wildlife services personnel.

"We intend to catch this bear", said an agency spokesman, Mike Porras.

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

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