911 call: Bear picked up girl “by her butt” outside her Colorado home – CBS News
In this photograph provided by the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife, the paw of a bear believed to have mauled a young child is examined after being shot and killed Monday, May 14, 2018, in Grand Junction, Colo.
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DENVER — A 5-year-old Colorado girl attacked by a black bear outside her home over the weekend was expected to recover thanks to the quick thinking of her mother, who scared the animal away, officials said Monday. The unidentified girl was in good condition at a hospital. Wildlife officials announced they killed the bear believed to be responsible for the attack early Sunday in East Orchard Mesa, a semi-rural, unincorporated area near the city of Grand Junction, about 240 miles west of Denver.
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.
In the 911 call, he also says: “She’s just missing a chunk out of her back, a couple spots in her leg.”
Bear sightings are fairly common in the high-desert area, though it’s not their typical habitat. Because acorns and berries that bears typically rely on are doing well in the mountains where they usually live, officials suspect the animal hibernated locally and became accustomed to easily finding food near homes, from trash, livestock feed or grills.
The attack led officials to renew their call for residents to secure food sources and use bear-proof trash cans.
The girl’s mother told state wildlife officers that her daughter went outside around 2:30 a.m. after hearing noises she thought might be coming from her dog. The mother said she heard screaming and found her daughter being dragged by a large black bear. She told authorities that