Wildlife officers 'confident' they've killed bear that attacked little girl

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers killed a bear Sunday into Monday, it's the bear they believe is responsible for injuring a young girl in an early Sunday morning attack in East Orchard Mesa.

CPW officers will transport the bear to the agency's Wildlife Health Laboratory in Fort Collins for a full pathological examination. That examination will confirm if this is the bear responsible for the attack.

Wildlife officers placed three traps in the area overnight and watched them. When they saw the bear walking up to a house about a half-mile away from the location of the attack. Officers killed the bear before it entered the trap.

The agency said in a news release that based on the description of the bear and its behavior, wildlife officers are confident the dead bear is the same bear involved in the attack on the girl.

"The necropsy, along with DNA results will provide the confirmation, but we are confident we have the right bear," said Area Wildlife Manager Kirk Oldham. "However, we will leave all three traps in place for the time being out of an abundance of caution."

In addition to the traps, CPW officers and USDA Wildlife Services personnel will continue searching the area for any additional bears.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife advises the public to avoid attracting bears, and all wildlife, to their residences by removing attractants, including trash, bird feeders and other potential sources of food.

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