Runner Kills Mountain Lion to Save His Own Life

  • It was him or the lion.

I ain’t afraid of no..mountain lion? Runners everywhere should take lessons from this guy, and if you want to know why, then keep reading.

When a Colorado runner came upon a mountain lion that wanted to eat him, he choked the animal to death with his own hands. He didn’t want to kill the lion but he didn’t want to die either, and at that point, it was him or the animal.  

The man was running by himself on Horsetooth Mountain Open Space near Fort Collins, Colorado, when he heard something behind him. He turned to see an 80-pound mountain lion staring him in the face, and then the animal attacked.

The young lion bit his face and wrist but the man was able to break free and this is when he killed the lion out of self defense.

A necropsy report confirmed that the lion had suffocated. The young lion was less than a year old and tested negative for rabies.

“The runner did everything he could to save his life. In the event of a lion attack you need to do anything in your power to fight back just as this gentleman did,” warns Mark Leslie, Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s northeast region manager.

The runner had serious injuries and was taken to the hospital. He has since been released.

The tails at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space have been closed to the public after rangers encountered ‘more mountain lion activity’ in the area. They will reassess safety of the trails on Friday.

“Mountain lion attacks are not common in Colorado and it is unfortunate that the lion’s hunting instincts were triggered by the runner,” said Ty Petersburg, area wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “This could have had a very different outcome.”

According to officials, less than 20 people have been killed in North America by mountain lions in more than 100 years. The runner was able to save himself but others should try to stay away from lions and back away slowly.

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