5-Year-Old Survives Backyard Bear Attack

Fredrick Soto
May 16, 2018

A five-year-old girl has been seriously injured after being attacked by a bear outside her home in Colorado.

"[The girl] has been the calmest person in the room all day long", said pediatric surgeon Dr. Charles Breaux of St. Mary's Medical Center.

The child had gone outside of her home in East Orchard Mesa in the early morning hours after hearing noises she thought were coming from a dog, her mother told authorities.

The woman screamed and the bear dropped the girl. The father told deputies he believed the 5-year-old was camping outside, but later said that was false, according to the sheriff's office.

"The necropsy, along with DNA results will provide the confirmation, but we are confident we have the right bear", area wildlife manager Kirk Oldham said in the release. He said Kimberly will be "fine" after the attack happened at their D Road home around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Her doctor says she was bit on her backside but didn't suffer any fractures or serious injuries to her organs.

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

CPW told CBS4 Sunday afternoon they have set up three traps in the neighborhood which will be left overnight.

"In the state we manage some 17,000 to 20,000 bears in a state of 5.7 million people".

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

The last human death from a bear interaction in Colorado was in 2009, according to CPW.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife advises the public to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife to their residences by removing attractants, including trash, bird feeders and other potential sources of food. They said in their statement that a heavy law enforcement presence will be seen throughout the area as they search for the bear.

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