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No charges for parents of Grand Junction bear attack victim

No charges for parents of Grand Junction bear attack victim

The 5-year-old girl's mom had woken up to the attack when she heard screaming outside of her home, according to a statement from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Pediatric surgeon Charles Breaux Jr. told reporters Sunday that the bear apparently bit the girl on her back side but she didn't have any injuries to her brain or organs or suffer any fractures.

The attack happened in East Orchard Mesa, an unincorporated area near Grand Junction, about 240 miles west of Denver.

Her mother went outside when she heard screaming. She yelled at the creature and it dropped the girl. The child was transported to St. Mary's hospital where she is expected to recover.

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

The 125-pound (57-kilogram), approximately 2-year-old male bear suspected in the attack was shot by wildlife officers Sunday night as it was walking up to a home about a half-mile (0.8 kilometers) away from where the girl was attacked.

"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.

An autopsy has been conducted on the 127-pound two-year-old male bear that attacked Kimberly Cyr outside of her East Orchard Mesa home early Sunday morning
No charges for parents of Grand Junction bear attack victim

Duane also said in the call the animal, which wildlife officials said was a black bear, picked the girl up by her backside with its mouth.

"We intend to catch this bear", said an agency spokesman, Mike Porras. The father said the bear was still in the backyard during the call.

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

CPW is asking everyone to secure trash, keep pet food inside and immediately report any bear sightings to them.

"Based on bear behavior, it's possible this bear will come back to the area", Porras said.

State officials have seen an increase in bear conflicts over the years as more people continue moving to Colorado and push farther into bear country.

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