A jogger in Colorado suffocated a 36kg mountain lion with his bare hands after the animal attacked him while he was running on a trail.
According to a statement from Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), the man, who has not been identified, was trail running on the West Ridge Trail in Horsetooth Mountain Open Space in Fort Collins, Colorado when he heard a disturbance behind him.
When the man turned around, he was faced with a mountain lion. The mountain lion attacked the man and bit him on his face and wrist. The runner fought back and was able to strangle the lion, suffocating and killing the animal. The man did not use any weapons.
“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,” Mark Leslie, the manager for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Northeast Region, said in a statement.
The man suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries and managed to bring himself to a local hospital for treatment.
Ty Petersburg, the area wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, noted that mountain lion attacks on humans are extremely rare and that the animal’s “hunting instincts were triggered by the runner.”
According to the CPW, there have been less than 20 fatal attacks in North America in more than 100 years. The mountain lion was a juvenile male and a necropsy is being performed.
The agency shared tips for peacefully living with native big cats on its Twitter account.
A reminder that living in Colorado means living among our wildlife. Our website has several great resources, including brochures about how to live and recreate with a variety of species. See our Living with Lions brochure for more information: https://t.co/9t0vPivxdz pic.twitter.com/NvoP9C3pUE
— CPW NE Region (@CPW_NE) February 5, 2019
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