GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - Mesa County Sheriff's deputies have concluded their investigation into the incident on May 13th where a 5-year-old girl was attacked by a bear in the backyard of a rural home.
The attack took place in East Orchard Mesa, a small community near the Colorado River and about 250 miles (400 km) west of Denver.
The girl's mom originally told officers that her daughter had gone outside to "investigate noises" that she thought might have been from her dog, according to the release. Her mother said she heard her screaming and went outside.
The woman screamed and the bear dropped the girl.
"This bear was about 125 to 130 pounds, about two years old", said Colorado Parks and Wildlife Area Wildlife Manager Kirk Oldham during a news conference on Monday afternoon. "These were injuries to the skin and subcutaneous tissues and muscle on her backside", said pediatric surgeon.
Wildlife officials say bear attacks are rare in that area. "No injuries to her brain or chest organs or abdominal organs and no fractures". "They're thankful that she wasn't injured worse than she was". Mike Porras of CPW said later Sunday morning her condition was upgraded to fair condition.
The last human death from a bear interaction in Colorado was in 2009, according to CPW. Officers shot and killed the bear before it entered the trap.
On Monday, one day after the attack, the department announced it had killed the bear suspected of attacking the girl.
Authorities have begun setting up bear traps around Grand Junction in order to capture the animal which attacked the girl, reports CBS4.
After dealing with the bear, they took the animal's carcass to the Wildlife Health Laboratory in Fort Collins for a necropsy, the paper reported.
"In the state we manage some 17,000 to 20,000 bears in a state of 5.7 million people".
"You get sightings year-round because they have that year-round food source, which is trash", Wigner added to the Gazette.