Bear killed confirmed to be responsible for Colorado attack

Bear killed confirmed to be responsible for Colorado attack Photo: AP

May 16, 2018 02:21 PM

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Wildlife officials say a bear killed by officers is the one that attacked a 5-year-old girl outside her home in western Colorado.

In a statement Wednesday, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said DNA evidence confirmed the 2-year-old male bear was the animal responsible.

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The girl's mother said she was attacked after she went outside to check on sounds she thought were coming from her dog outside at around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. The mother screamed at the bear, which dropped the girl and left.

Wildlife officers monitoring a bear trap shot the animal within about a half-mile (804 meters) of the girl's home that night. They say the bear came within a few feet of their vehicle, looking into an open window.

The girl is expected to make a full recovery.

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