Bear Attack 911 Call Reveals What Happened

Elias Hubbard
May 16, 2018

A 5-year-old Colorado girl is hospitalized in fair condition after she was attacked by a bear outside her home.

The attack happened about 2:30 a.m on Sunday, when the child went outside to check on a noise she thought her dog had made.

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.

In the 911 call, the girl's father says she was camping alone in the yard.

Federal and state wildlife officers are using traps in an effort to capture the bear that is now considered risky.

"Our officers are actively searching for the bear and will do so overnight and as long as it takes", said Mike Porras, a spokesman for the CPW's Northwest Region office.

Doctors expect the girl to "mend very well", though doctors will monitor her to make sure she does not develop any infections or rabies, hospital spokeswoman Teri Cavanagh said Monday.

There were five bear attacks in Colorado previous year.

Parks and Wildlife officials remind residents to secure trash, keep pet food inside and immediately report any bear sightings in this neighborhood, or any residential area. Three traps were set to catch the bear, but officers killed it before the animal entered one.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reported earlier in 2018 that Colorado wildlife officials feared another deadly attack because of a lack of food for black bears.

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. The home, in East Orchard Mesa, is just above the Colorado River corridor.

Based on the description of the bear and its behavior, wildlife officers are confident the dead bear is the same bear involved in the attack on the girl.

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