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Colorado rangers hunt bear that tried to drag away child

May 25 2018, 03:04 | Irvin Gilbert

5 year old girl attacked by bear in Grand Junction

Young girl attacked by bear in Grand Junction

The incident happened in east Orchard Mesa, which is just south of Grand Junction on the other side of the Colorado River.

It was roughly 2:30 a.m. this morning near Grand Junction - which is located about 240 miles (386 kilometers) to the west of Denver, when the bear attack took place. When she went outside to investigate, she witnessed a large black bear dragging her five-year-old daughter.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Mike Porras said the girl suffered serious injuries and was taken to St. Mary's Hospital.

The woman reportedly screamed at the black bear, who eventually dropped the girl.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers and federal wildlife services officers are now tracking the bear. Wildlife officials have set traps and are tracking the bear with bloodhounds.

Local residents have been advised that there will be a heavy law enforcement presence in the area while they search for the bear, including hounds. She thought it was the family dog in the backyard of their Grand Junction home. Wildlife officers in Mesa County are now searching for the bear to make sure no one else is attacked.

Officials are asking area residents to keep trash, pet food and even bird seed inside, and report any bear sightings until the animal is found.

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