BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Colorado Parks and Wildlife agents are scouring Mesa County’s Western Slope in search of a black bear which mauler a 5-year-old girl outside her home. The child was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery. Doctors declared that her condition is stable.
Black Bear Attacks Rare but not Uncommon, CPW Said
On Sunday, around 2:30 p.m., paramedics and law enforcement agents were summoned to a Mesa County house after a woman claimed that her child was mauled by a black bear.
First responders identified a 5-year-old with multiple back and face trauma.
Based on the child’s mother’s testimony, the attack occurred 5 to 10 minutes before the authorities responded. The child was inside the house when she heard something that sounded like a dog whimpering.
As she left the house to search for the animal that was making that sound, the black bear lunged at her, trying to drag the child into the woods.
The mother, who heard the child screaming for help, went outside and yelled at the animal. According to a CPW spokesperson, the woman’s intervention saved the child’s life.
The infant was later transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center where Dr. Charles Breaux, a pediatric surgeon, repaired her hounds.
Breaux declared that the child is fortunate to be alive after the encounter with the black bear. The surgery, which lasted one hour and 45 minutes, was performed by a team of surgeons, including Breaux.
Approximately 77 stitches were used to seal the child’s wounds. Post-surgery report reveals that no major organs were damaged during the attack.
The child will remain in the hospital for several more days.
As for the animal, Mika Porras of CPW revealed that rangers are currently trying to ensnare the animal. The black bear is considered to be extremely dangerous and will be put down.
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