UPDATE: On Sunday evening, St. Mary’s Medical Center held a news conference to say that 5-year-old Kimberly Cyr was recovering from the attack and was in fair condition.
Doctors said she required 77 stitches, but that no bones or vital organs were damaged. She is expected to be released in a few days.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is hunting for a bear that attacked and seriously wounded a 5-year-old girl in East Orchard Mesa early Sunday morning.
The incident happened in the backyard of a home above the Colorado River corridor around 2:30 Sunday morning.
This is a developing story.
Below is the complete news release from CPW:
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is investigating a bear attack on a child in East Orchard Mesa, above the Colorado River corridor, in Grand Junction overnight.
The victim’s mother told CPW officers she heard screaming at approximately 2:30 a.m., Sunday morning. When she went outside to investigate, she witnessed a large black bear dragging her five-year-old daughter. She told CPW officers the bear dropped the girl after she began screaming at the animal.
According to the woman, the girl had gone outside to investigate noises in the yard she may have thought was her dog.
The victim is at St. Mary’s hospital with serious injuries.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers are actively tracking the bear with the aid of federal wildlife services personnel. Local residents may see heavy law enforcement presence throughout the area, including hounds.
Residents are asked to secure trash, keep pet food inside and immediately report any bear sightings in this neighborhood, or any residential area.