5-year-old injured after bear attack near Grand Junction

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- A 5-year-old girl was seriously injured following a bear attack in Grand Junction early Sunday morning, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said.

The attack happened around 2:30 a.m. in East Orchard Mesa, above the Colorado River corridor, CPW said.

The victim's mother told CPW that she heard screaming around 2:30 a.m. and saw a large black bear dragging her 5-year-old daughter - the bear dropped the girl after she began screaming at the animal, the mother told officials.

The mother told officials her daughter went outside to investigate noises in the yard that she thought was her dog.

The girl was transported to St. Mary's Hospital with serious injuries but was moved to good condition Sunday evening.

CPW is tracking the bear with the help of federal wildlife services personnel and have set three traps which will be monitored for the next several days. If captured, the agency said the bear will be euthanized.

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

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