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Colorado girl attacked by black bear in the middle of the night

Colorado girl attacked by black bear in the middle of the night

The five-year-old girl's mother tells Colorado Parks and Wildlife that she heard screaming around 2:30 a.m.in East Orchard Mesa.

The girl's father, Duane Cyr, identified her as Kimberly Cyr, 5.

The girl was hospitalized in fair condition on Sunday afternoon.

According to the woman, the girl had gone outside to investigate noises in the yard she may have thought was her dog.

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The attack happened around 2:30 a.m.in East Orchard Mesa, above the Colorado River corridor, CPW said. Her mother went out into the yard after she heard screaming, and she saw the bear dragging her daughter. We will provide more information when we receive it. They said her recovery could take several weeks.

Officers were tracking the bear, along with federal wildlife officials, on Sunday morning. The press release notes that residents should expect heavier than normal law enforcement presence as well as hounds in the area until further notice.

CPW is asking everyone to secure trash, keep pet food inside and immediately report any bear sightings to them. The bear will be "destroyed" when it is found, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said, and its carcass will be sent to a laboratory operated by the agency for further examination.