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CPW officers kill bear suspected of injuring girl in Grand Junction

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife has reported that the bear believed to have injured a 5-year-old girl, Sunday in Grand Junction, is dead. 

CPW said their officers killed the bear overnight between Sunday and Monday.

The attack happened in the early hours of Sunday morning, in East Orchard Mesa. According to reports, the victim's mother told officers that she heard screaming around 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning. When the mother went outside, she saw the black bear dragging the five-year-old away. The mother said the bear dropped the child after she began screaming at the animal.

The five-year-old was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. At this time, there has been no update on her status.

CPW said they placed three traps in the area of the attack and monitored them overnight. During surveillance, officers observed the bear approaching a residence a half-mile away from the location of the attack. CPW said their officers killed the bear before it entered a trap.

Based on the description of the bear and it's behavior, CPW said their officers are confident the dead bear is the same one involved in the attack on the five-year-old.

CPW officers will now transport the bear's carcass to the agency's Wildlife Health Laboratory in Fort Collins for a full necropsy.

"The necropsy, along with DNA results will provide the confirmation, but we are confident we have the right bear," said Area Wildlife Manager Kirk Oldham. "However, we will leave all three traps in place for the time being out of an abundance of caution."

In addition to the traps, CPW officers and USDA Wildlife Services personnel will continue searching the area for any additional bears.

CPW said it will release the results of the necropsy when they become available.

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