5-year-old hospitalized after bear attack outside Colorado home

Parks and Wildlife kills bear

Girl bit by bear gets dozens of internal, external stiches

A 5-year-old Colorado girl is in fair condition at the hospital with 77 stiches after authorities said she was dragged away from her own yard by a black bear in the middle of the night, ABC News reported.

The call shows that both parents were very calm during the call.

The parents turned down several requests from the 911 operator to send an ambulance.

The girl's mother told state wildlife officers that her daughter went outside around 2.30am after hearing noises she thought might be coming from her dog.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is investigating a bear attack on a child in East Orchard Mesa.

Pediatric surgeon Charles Breaux Jr. told reporters Sunday that the bear bit the unidentified girl on her back side but she suffered no fractures or injuries to her brain or other organs.

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Doctors at St. Mary's Medical Center in Grand Junction say the girl is in good spirits and is surrounded by her family and stuffed animals.

An officer killed the bear at about 9:30 p.m. local time before it went inside a bear trap, said Mike Porras, spokesman with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Three traps were set to catch the bear, but officers killed it before the animal entered one.

Every year, there are cases of hungry bears getting into cars and sometimes buildings to find food, especially during periods of drought.

CPW is asking everyone to secure trash, keep pet food inside and immediately report any bear sightings to them. "With many more people living and playing in bear country, human-bear encounters are on the rise".

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