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Mother's screams saved five-year-old daughter from bear's clutches

15 May 2018

The parents of a five-year-old girl who was attacked by a black bear this weekend were surprisingly calm as they called 911 to report the mauling.

The Grand Junction Sentinel reported that wildlife officers are confident that a male bear they shot and killed Sunday is the same one that attacked the girl.

Initially, the girls' parents told police that she went outside to check on her dog after hearing unusual noises about 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

Her mother went outside when she heard screaming.

Kimberly's dad says he can get her into the vehicle safely since he has a gun to arm himself against the bear.

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

She told authorities that the bear dropped the girl after she yelled at it.

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.

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

Parks and Wildlife officials remind residents to secure trash, keep pet food inside and immediately report any bear sightings in this neighborhood, or any residential area.

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

A black bear scavenges for food beside tourists near the famous General Sherman tree at the Sequoia National Park in Central California on October 10, 2009. Breaux said the girl was in good condition late Sunday.

Wildlife officers in Mesa County are now searching for the bear to make sure no one else is attacked.

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