GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- Colorado Parks and Wildlife is investigating a bear attack on a child in East Orchard Mesa.
The girl's father, Duane Cyr, identified her as Kimberly Cyr, 5. He said Kimberly will be "fine" after the attack happened at their D Road home around 2:30 a.m. Sunday.
Her mother told CPW officers she heard screaming and witnessed a large black bear dragging her daughter when she went to investigate.
She told CPW officers the bear dropped the girl after she began screaming at the animal. The woman told authorities that Kimberly had gone outside to investigate noises in the yard she may have thought was her dog.
The five-year-old was taken to St. Mary's Hospital with serious injuries, according to CPW. Mike Porras of CPW said later Sunday morning her condition was upgraded to fair condition.
Doctors at St. Mary's said Sunday night that Kimberly received more than six dozen stitches, but she's in good spirits. They said her recovery could take several weeks.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers are trying to find the bear with the help of federal wildlife services personnel. They said in their statement that a heavy law enforcement presence will be seen throughout the area as they search for the bear.
The bear had yet to be captured as of Sunday night. If it is captured, CPW said the bear will be put down.
CPW is asking everyone to secure trash, keep pet food inside and immediately report any bear sightings to them.