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 girl is recovering at St. Mary's Medical Center in Grand Junction. "When she went outside to investigate, she witnessed a large black bear dragging her.daughter", the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) agency said in a statement.
Kimberly's dad says he can get her into the auto safely since he has a gun to arm himself against the bear. "And by doing so, she probably saved her little girl's life", said Porras, AP reported.
Mom: Um, my daughter was just attacked by a small brown bear.
Officials have urged local residents to make sure bins are secure, keep pet food inside and immediately report any further sightings of bears. "I think she's more shocked because of it".
Father: "Just her. She's the only girl".
Low food quantities force bears to head into neighborhoods and cars to look for garbage to eat.
Colorado has an estimated 17,000 to 20,000 bears, a population that's considered robust in a state of 5.7 million people that also attracts many tourists.
The 125-pound, approximately 2-year-old male bear suspected in the attack was shot by wildlife officers Sunday night as it was walking up to a home about a half-mile away from where the girl was attacked.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife says officers are tracking the bear with the help of federal wildlife officers.
Based on the description of the bear and its behavior, wildlife officers said they are confident the dead bear is the same bear involved in the attack on the girl.
While bear attacks on humans are rare, Porras said there is growing concern. Breaux said the girl was in good condition late Sunday.