Colorado Rangers Kill Bear Suspected Of Mauling 5-Year-Old Child

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Wildlife rangers in Colorado on Monday shot and killed a black bear suspected of attacking and trying to drag off a five-year-old girl from her yard. The attack occurred early Sunday morning when the girl went outside to check on a noise she thought her dog had made and her mother heard screaming, officials said. bear_grass“When she went outside to investigate, she witnessed a large black bear dragging her … daughter,” the Colorado Parks and Wildlife agency said in a statement. 

The bear dropped the child after her mother yelled at it, officials said. The attack took place in East Orchard Mesa, a small community about 250 miles west of Denver.

The child, whose name was not released, was in fair condition early on Monday at a local hospital, NBC affiliate KKCO said.

Wildlife agents set up traps and deployed tracking hounds in an effort to locate the bear, said Mike Porras, a spokesman for the state parks agency’s northwest region office.

 

He said agents were monitoring the traps overnight when they observed a bear approaching a home about a half-mile from where the attack on the girl occurred. They shot it before it entered a trap.

 

“Based on the description of the bear and that it returned to the same general area, we believe it is the same animal,” Porras said by telephone.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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