This may be the worst bear story of the season, and the season has barely begun.
It's a near-tragic story. And a bit curious one from my view. Though my co-publishing bride thinks not.
Early Sunday morning in Orchard Mesa, on the southeast end of Grand Junction, a mother was awakened at 2:30 a.m. by screams. According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the woman went outside to investigate and witnessed a large black bear dragging her 5-year-old daughter.
The mother screamed. The bear dropped the girl.
The girl received more than 80 stitches at St. Mary's Hospital with what were described as serious injuries.
Next is the curious part. The report said the girl had gone outside to investigate noises in the yard that she may have thought were coming from her dog.
I told Beecher that when I was five, if it was 2:30 in the morning and I heard noises outside, the last place I would have gone was outside. My bride says she would have.
And women live longer than men…why?
Residents in the area were asked to secure their trash, the obvious reason the bear was around in the first place. Then CPW set out three traps, and put together search parties Sunday.
That night, they witnessed the bear approaching a residence a half-mile away from the incident and put the bear down.
The carcass was sent off for a necropsy to confirm it was the right bear. Meanwhile, CPW left the traps in place and plan to catch any other bears in the area — kind of like a dragnet. A day later, in expedited testing, CPW determined through DNA that they bear they killed was the bear that attacked the girl and reported that the girl's condition was improving.
Hopefully, this is the worst we're going to hear this season, and we've all been warned that with the dry conditions this could be the season of the bear.
Do all the things you're supposed to do, such as keeping trash away from open areas, taking down the bird feeders and now, in case you didn't already know this, be aware of where your kids are at 2:30 a.m.
Even though the most popular name for newborn girls in Utah last year was Olivia, and my granddaughter is one of the many Utah Olivias, I refuse to believe she is ordinary.
The most popular name for boys in Utah in 2017 was Oliver.
At the top of the list last year in Colorado for boys and girls were Liam and Emma, respectively. But there, second on the list in the Centennial State last year, were Oliver and Olivia.
In fact, Olivia ranks in the top five for names given in recent years in every state, according the Social Security Administration, and Oliver as a boy's name in many states. The name Liam is littered throughout the states.
I understand Olivia being popular, because really, who wouldn't want to name their daughter after my grandchild? But what's up with Liam? There's Liam Neeson, the tough-looking actor who kills more people in his movies than he has lines to memorize. But he's 65, so it can't be him.
I searched the intraweb and found a whole bunch of famous "Liams" whom I've never heard of before. According to nameberry.com, which I've never heard of before either, "Liam" was the most popular name for boys in 2017. It's of Irish origin meaning "resolute protection," which didn't help Liam Neeson in the movie "The Grey," because everyone in his party died from attacks by wolves.
The name "Olivia" means "olive tree” and is Latin in origin, or so says the website. Personally, I think it's alien in origin, because that girl is out of this world.
Alan Todd is co-publisher of the Ouray County Plaindealer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.