The child had gone outside of her home in East Orchard Mesa, 390km west of Denver, Colorado, at about 2.30am on Sunday to investigate noises she believed were coming from a dog.
The girl's father identified her as Kimberly Cyr, saying she will be "fine" following the attack early Sunday morning in Grand Junction, CO. When the Colorado mother got outside she discovered a large black bear attempting to drag her daughter away. "She screamed at it- and by doing so- she probably saved her little girl's life".
Kimberly was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, but later Sunday morning, her condition was upgraded to "fair".
The 5-year-old was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center. Wildlife officers in Mesa County are now searching for the bear to make sure no one else is attacked. She reportedly received more than six dozen stitches.More news: Trump's withdrawal from the Iran deal raises frightening questions
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"Fortunately she had no life-threatening injuries", Breaux said.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers and federal wildlife services officers are now tracking the bear.
"She came out. she yelled at the animal", CPW spokesperson Mike Porras. Wildlife officials have set traps and are tracking the bear with bloodhounds.
People living or staying in the Grand Junction area are asked to secure their trash, keep pet food inside, and immediately report any bear sightings to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.