SALT LAKE CITY — A Colorado trail runner reportedly choked a cougar to death after an attack at Horsetooth Mountain Park, according to The Fort Collins Coloradoan.
What happened: Officials at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife said on Tuesday a mountain lion, which was younger than 1 year old and weighed less than 100 pounds, approached a trail runner in the middle of the woods.
- The runner suffered puncture wounds and lacerations from the fight with the mountain lion. Though he was released from the hospital, the unidentified runner is still recovering from the wounds.
Ty Petersburg, the CPW wildlife manager, told KUSA-TV in Denver the trail runner yelled and screamed at the mountain lion and stood his ground, which are all tips officials advise when running into wildlife in the woods.1 comment on this story
- "At that point, it was kind of a fight for survival between him and lion," Petersburg told the station. "The lion was upon his upper body and the man was able to fight the animal off and kill it at the end of it in self-defense, and then get himself off the trail into a car.
- "(The man) didn't have any weapons ... He was really creative. He used his hands, feet — things that were around him, and really it was just a fight for survival."
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said the runner killed the lion with his “bare hands.”
- "Don't mess with Colorado trail runners," Polis said about the incident.
The mountain lion tested negative for rabies, according to officials. However, other diseases have not been ruled out. The animal was suffocated, officials said Tuesday, too.
Bigger picture: Three people have been killed and 16 more injured in mountain lion attacks since 1990, CNN reports. These lions tend to avoid parks.