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No charges planned for parents of girl attacked by bear

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) - None of the agencies investigating the Sunday bear attack on a 5-year-old girl plan on filing charges against the parents.

KREX 5 News contacted all of the agencies investigating the incident, and none of them are looking at any charges, even though the mother and father gave different stories about why the girl was in the backyard when the attack occurred.

In a 911 phone call KREX 5 News obtained, the father tells the 911 operator the girl was camping in the backyard alone when the bear attack happened.

The mother told Colorado Parks and Wildlife the little girl went outside around 2:30 a.m. to check out a noise she thought was the family dog

CPW said as of early Tuesday morning, the United States Department of Agriculture has found no evidence of any more bears in the area of where the attack happened. They do say they will leave traps out for at lest two or three days, until they feel confident there is no concern to remove them and there are no more bears around.

The bear they feel confident mauled the young girl was killed Sunday night.

"We've taken DNA samples both from the victim. The bear is currently being transported to our wildlife lab in Fort Collins, Colorado, where a full necropsy will be done to look at the overall health and look at diseases and anything else. We'll also extract DNA at that point in time," JT Romatzke, regional manager of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said.

DNA results should take about a week to definitely confirm this is the bear that attacked the 5-year-old girl.


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