MESA COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Authorities in Grand Junction have set up three traps for a bear that attacked a 5-year-old girl outside her home early Sunday morning.

The girl ventured outside at 2:30 a.m. Sunday to “investigate noises in the yard she may have thought was her dog,” a news release from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife stated.

The girl’s mother heard a commotion, investigated, and discovered a large black bear dragging her daughter.

The woman screamed and the bear dropped the girl.

This morning’s bear attack occurred along D Road in the East Orchard Mesa neighborhood just outside the Grand Junction city limits. (credit: CBS4)

The girl suffered serious injuries. She is at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction and listed as in fair condition.

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

“We intend to catch this bear,” said an agency spokesman, Mike Porras.

Porras says warming temperatures on Sunday made the hounds’ ability to track the bear less effective.

“Based on bear behavior, it’s possible this bear will come back to the area,” Porras said.

File photo of a black bear. (credit: CBS4)

The bear will be euthanized if caught, and then sent to Fort Collins facility for necropsy.

“Residents are asked to secure trash, keep pet food inside and immediately report any bear sightings in this neighborhood, or any residential area,” the agency said.

LINK: Colorado Parks & Wildlife “Be Bear Aware” Section

  1. Tom Stratzi says:

    We encroach their natural habitat and then – find ways to justify it.
    I hope to God at least that the traps set out for the poor bear are humane – being that humans set them.
    The child went outside a house at the ungodly hour of 2:30 AM (what kind of parents allow this?) -a bear was roaming in the area -“outside” of city limits, ‘dragged the screaming child” the mother got out and screamed, bear let the child go – and the child is now in ‘fair’ not bad condition, yet the bear has to be caught – and not released but killed.
    What a shame!
    What a world!

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