Bear Attack 911 Call Reveals What Happened

Andrew Cummings
May 16, 2018

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

Wildlife officers placed three traps in the area overnight, actively monitoring them and continuing the investigation, when they saw the bear walking up to a residence approximately a half-mile away from the location of the attack.

A 5-year-old Colorado girl is hospitalized in fair condition after she was attacked by a bear outside her home.

Doctors at St. Mary's said Sunday night that Kimberly received more than six dozen stitches, but she's in good spirits.

In 911 recordings released on Monday, the girl's father calmly says: "She's just missing a chunk out of her back, a couple spots in her leg". Wildlife officers in Mesa County are now searching for the bear to make sure no one else is attacked.

Paediatric surgeon Charles Breaux Jr said the bear apparently bit her but that she did not have any injuries to her brain or organs, and did not suffer any fractures.

"She truly exemplified the love and courage of what it takes to be a mother and, because of those actions, her child is here today", said JT Romatzke, regional manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. In the last five years, there have been 13 reported black bear attacks, including Sunday's.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife, in a statement on its website, told residents to secure their trash, keep pet food inside, and tell officials about any bear sightings in residential areas. "With many more people living and playing in bear country, human-bear encounters are on the rise".

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