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Deputies conclude investigation into young girl attacked by bear

16 May 2018

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

The girl ventured outside at 2:30 a.m. Sunday to "investigate noises in the yard she may have thought was her dog", a news release from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife stated.

Her mother went outside when she heard screaming.

In 911 recordings released Monday and obtained by CBS affiliate KREX, the girl's father calmly says the bear "picked her up by her butt" with his mouth.

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Porras says warming temperatures on Sunday made the hounds' ability to track the bear less effective.

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.

"She yelled at the animal, she screamed at it".

"[The girl] has been the calmest person in the room all day long", said pediatric surgeon Dr. Charles Breaux of St. Mary's Medical Center. "And by doing so, she probably saved her little girl's life", said Porras, AP reported. The father later said he was mistaken, after talking to his daughter and learning she went outside to investigate a noise.

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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.

Wildlife officials stress black bears are not out to hunt people but that conflicts, including attacks, can happen once bears get access to easy, calorie-rich human food and return for more.

Last month, a hungry bear got locked inside a auto in Boulder County, Kansas.com reported.

Another bear was spotted about a half-mile from the girl's home a week ago, Romatzke said.

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Based on the description of the bear and its behavior, wildlife officers are confident the dead bear is the same bear involved in the attack on the girl.