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

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

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.

Wildlife officers shot a 125lb (57kg), approximately two-year-old male bear they believe to have been responsible on Sunday night as it was walking up to a nearby home in East Orchard Mesa, a semi-rural area about 240 miles (386 km) west of Denver.

The child's mother told CPW that she heard screaming at around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday morning (May 13) and went out to investigate.

The mom began to scream - and the bear dropped the girl and escaped.

She was listed in fair condition in the afternoon but chief operating officer Bryan Johnson says her family didn't want to release any more information.

Father: "Just her. She's the only girl".

There were five bear attacks in Colorado past year.

The attack led officials to renew their call for residents to secure food sources and use bear-proof trash cans.

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.

"Black bears are trying to share space with an ever-growing human population", the department's website stated.

Authorities have set three traps for the bear.

Every year, there are cases of hungry bears getting into cars and sometimes buildings to find food, especially during periods of drought.

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.

The area is nestled between the Gunnison and Colorado rivers, which provide corridors for migrating wildlife.