Mother scares off black bear which attacked her 5-year-old daughter

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife said they are investigating and actively tracking the bear following the attack which occurred in East Orchard Mesa, Grand Junction.

That's when she saw a large black bear dragging Kimberly, according to the release. "One of the things we want to do is go to the family and tell them we killed the right bear, and we're glad to hear that she will make a full recovery", Porras said.

Paediatric surgeon Charles Breaux Jr told reporters the bear apparently bit the girl on her back but she did not have any injuries to her brain or organs or suffer any fractures.

Authorities have begun setting up bear traps around Grand Junction in order to capture the animal which attacked the girl, reports CBS4.

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The bear dropped the child after her mother yelled at it, officials said. "She screamed at it - and by doing so, she probably saved her little girl's life".

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers are trying to find the bear with the help of federal wildlife services personnel. The father described the girl's wounds, saying she had been bitten on her buttocks and leg, and said that she was not bleeding severely from the wounds at the time of the call.

"The goal is to trap the bear, and if we do, we are going to put that bear down", Porras said. In the last five years, there have been 13 reported black bear attacks, including Sunday's.

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

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