5-year-old hospitalized after bear attack outside Colorado home


A doctor treating a 5-year-old Colorado girl attacked by a bear outside her home says she received dozens of internal and external stiches but is not suffering from life-threatening injuries.

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.

Kimberly's mother heard screams a few minutes later and looked out the window to see her daughter being dragged off by a bear.

In 911 recordings released Monday and obtained by CBS affiliate KREX, the girl's father calmly says the bear "picked her up by her butt" with his mouth.

An officer killed the bear at about 9:30 p.m. local time before it went inside a bear trap, said Mike Porras, spokesman with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. When she got up to go inside, the bear grabbed her and pulled her out of the doorway, according to the press release.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife, in a statement on its website, told residents to secure their trash, keep pet food inside, and tell officials about any bear sightings in residential areas. The mother told authorities that the bear dropped the girl after she yelled at it. The father later said he was mistaken, after talking to his daughter and learning she went outside to investigate a noise.

CBS Denver reports the girl suffered serious injuries but is at St. Mary's Medical Center in Grand Junction in fair condition.

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

Colorado has an estimated 17,000 to 20,000 bears, a population that's considered robust in a state of 5.7 million people that also attracts many tourists.

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.

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