Colorado girl attacked by black bear in the middle of the night

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Authorities in Grand Junction are tracking a bear that attacked a five-year-old girl outside her home early Sunday morning.

The girl's father, Duane Cyr, identified her as Kimberly Cyr, 5.

The girl was hospitalized in fair condition on Sunday afternoon.

The mother told Colorado Parks and Wildlife her daughter had thought she had heard their dog outside and that's why she was in the yard.

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The bear dropped the 5-year-old when the mother began screaming at the animal, according to the report.

The victim's mother told CPW officers she heard screaming at approximately 2:30 a.m., Sunday morning.

The girl was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. We will provide more information when we receive it.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers and federal wildlife services officers are now tracking the bear. She is at St. Mary's Medical Center in Grand Junction at this moment. CPW said area residents could expect to see law enforcement officials and hounds in the area, and ask anyone to report bear sightings to officials. Experts say that once a bear discovers a way to get food on a person's property, they will remember and keep coming back.

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