Deputies conclude investigation into young girl attacked by bear

An autopsy has been conducted on the 127-pound two-year-old male bear that attacked Kimberly Cyr outside of her East Orchard Mesa home early Sunday morning

A 5-year-old Colorado girl is expected to survive after being attacked by a bear.

In a news release issued by the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, the father says that, after talking to his daughter, he now says she went out into the yard around 2:30 a.m. after hearing noises she thought was her dog. Her mother said she heard her screaming and went outside.

The mother screamed at the bear, which dropped the girl.

An officer killed the bear at about 9:30 p.m. local time before it went inside a bear trap, said Mike Porras, spokesman with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

The girl is now in fair condition at St. Mary's Medical Center.

In a 911 call, the dispatcher talks to Kimberly's father, Duane, who said she was outside camping.

The 125-pound (57-kilogram), 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 (0.8 kilometers) away from where the girl was attacked.

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The Colorado Springs Gazette reported earlier in 2018 that Colorado wildlife officials feared another deadly attack because of a lack of food for black bears. "No injuries to her brain or chest organs or abdominal organs and no fractures".

Wildlife officials say bear attacks are rare in that area.

"Fortunately, she had no life-threatening injuries", Breaux said.

"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.

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.

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

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