5-year-old seriously injured after bear attack near Grand Junction

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The 5-year-old girl, identified by her father as Kimberly Cyr, went out into her yard in a rural part of Grand Junction, Colorado, around 2:30 a.m.to investigate barking dogs.

The attack happened around 2:30 a.m.in East Orchard Mesa, above the Colorado River corridor, CPW said.

That's when she saw a large black bear dragging Kimberly, according to the release.

She says the bear dropped the girl, identified by her father as Kimberly Cyr, after she began screaming at the animal, USA television network ABC News reported.

The girl was transported to St. Mary's Medical Center in Grand Junction with serious injuries, CPW said.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife says officers are tracking the bear with the help of federal wildlife officers. Residents may see a heavy law enforcement presence in the area, including hounds. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife ended the press release noting that updates would be made as they were available. The little girl's condition has been upgraded from serious to fair by the hospital. Residents in the area are encouraged to stay alert and report any sightings of a bear in the area.