UPDATED: CPW investigating Sunday morning bear attack in Grand Junction | CraigDailyPress.com

UPDATED: CPW investigating Sunday morning bear attack in Grand Junction

Craig Press staff report

GRAND JUNCTION — Colorado Parks and Wildlife is investigating a bear attack on a child in East Orchard Mesa, above the Colorado River corridor, in Grand Junction.  

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers are actively tracking the bear with the aid of federal wildlife services personnel. Local residents may see heavy law enforcement presence throughout the area, including hounds.

As of 5 p.m. Sunday, CPW had not located the bear involved in the incident. CPW officers have set three bear traps in the area and will actively monitor the traps for the next several days.

If captured, the bear will be destroyed, and the carcass will be sent to CPW's wildlife health laboratory in Fort Collins.

CPW is not releasing or confirming the identity of the victim or the victim’s family.

The victim’s mother told CPW officers she heard screaming approximately 2:30 a.m., Sunday morning. When she went outside to investigate, she witnessed a large black bear dragging her 5-year-old daughter. She told CPW officers the bear dropped the girl after she began screaming at the animal.

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According to the woman, the girl had gone outside to investigate noises in the yard she may have thought was her dog.

The victim is at St. Mary’s hospital with serious injuries.

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

The Craig Press will provide updates to this story as they become available.