Mountain Lion Attack Repelled, Lion Killed in Colorado

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 08 February 2019



Mountain Lion Attack Repelled in Colorado

 North American Cougar
(Puma concolor couguar)
North American cougar (Puma concolor couguar) in Glacier National Park in the U.S. state of Montana. By the National Park Service.
Glacier National Park in the U.S. state of Montana. National Park Service


A Mountain Lion Attacked a Runner. He Choked It to Death and Escaped.
NY Times, February 5, 2019.


“A man running along a trail in Colorado who was attacked by a young mountain lion this week managed to choke it to death and escape...”

“The body of the mountain lion, which officials said was less than a year old and weighed under 70 pounds, was found on the trail near some of the man’s possessions and was taken to a lab for examination.”

“The man, who had been running along the West Ridge Trail at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space — about 65 miles north of Denver...heard “something behind him on the trail,” and when he turned around to see what it was, the lion lunged at him and bit his face and wrist.”

Choke-out for the Win
“...the man, who was not armed with any weapons or tools, was able to “fight and break free from the lion, killing the lion in self-defense,” they said. On Tuesday, officials confirmed that the man had indeed been able to suffocate the mountain lion while defending himself from the attack.”

Kill the MFer
“In the event of a lion attack, you need to do anything in your power to fight back, just as this gentleman did.”

“...the man who had been attacked was released from the hospital on Tuesday morning and was resting at his home.”

“...officials in Colorado said that mountain lion attacks had caused three deaths in their state since 1990; fewer than 20 people have died from such attacks in North America in more than a century.”

See a Cat?
“...said not to approach the animal, to stay calm, to back away slowly and to throw stones if the cat behaves aggressively.”

Not an Easy Meal…
“...after all that, a mountain lion attacks, their advice mirrored the behavior exhibited by the man on Monday: “Fight back.”

Closer to Home
A mountain lion at a mule deer kill in the Santa Monica Mountains
A mountain lion at a mule deer kill in the Santa Monica Mountains, National Park Service.
Fine Photography by the National Park Service



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Recent History of Animal Attacks


Oregon, Sept, ‘17
Officials Hunting Killer Cougar


Tahoe, July ‘17
Man fights off bear in Fallen Leaf Lake cabin


Man kills mountain lion after attack at Mono Lake,
Sierra Wave, February 28, 2017.


Los Angeles mountain lions hunt closer to human settlements than expected
PLOS, July 27, 2016.


Stupid Human Tricks:

Half of the large carnivore attacks are due to the imprudence of human behavior,
Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), 2-8-16.


Aggressive mountain goats close down Idaho hiking trail
Mashable, September 14, 2015.


Food Fight

No such thing as a free meal... when the food fights back:
Man fights off bear near Yosemite National Park, drives himself to hospital,
LAT, August 14, 2015.


Coyote News: Coyotes kill Canadian folk singer, bbc, 10-28-09




 What doesn't kill you makes you stronger,



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