Travis Kauffman ran on a trail near Fort Collins, Colorado, on February 4 when he heard a rustle in the forest behind him. As he turned his head to see, he realized that it was not a "small forest creature," as he had supposed, but a juvenile mountain lion, which came upon him about ten yards away, he said a video interview with Colorado Parks and wildlife. He managed to wrestle the animal to the ground and suffocate it, while the cat's jaws were clamped around his wrist. And of course the story became viral.
Kauffman's identity was initially withheld from the media, but he reported on his survival story at a press conference on February 1
As soon as Kauffman realized the disruption in the leaves was a young mountain lion, he threw up his hands to defend himself. The cat then clung to his wrist and scratched his face and legs. They fell off the path and down the slope before he managed to climb the lion. His arm still in his mouth, Kauffman was more worried about the hind claws than the teeth, and the fact that he has his own cat at home helped him strategize in a surprising way.
The hind legs are going crazy – this little bunny thrash, "he said in the video, trying to keep the animal's hind legs torn apart and tying them with his left knee If he did not, he tried to hit it on the head with a big stone, and finally he managed to bring his right leg close to his wrist and the neck of the animal, and finally the mountain lion stifled the ordeal About ten minutes.
After the attack, he ran back to the beginning of the trail, which he described as "fearful high," and noticed that more mountain lion trails appeared in the snow along the way Miles with another trail runner and a couple who helped him along the way. I drove him to the hospital, where he was tidied up and needed seven stitches on his cheek, six on the bridge of his nose and three on his wrist, where the 40-pound cat had put on. Fortunately, he did it with minimal other injuries, mostly stab wounds that did not require stitches.
Kauffman successfully defended himself against a deadly attack, but he still finds it regrettable that he had to kill her to do this. And despite the incident, he does not hesitate to get back on track. He carries the fact that he did not wear earphones, that he reacts quickly to the attack, and advises other trail runners, hikers and mountain bikers to do likewise. When asked at the press conference if he would write a survival book or a guide, he quipped that it was probably just a booklet because it was not very long.
"Be aware that you share this space with wildlife," he said in the video. "To fully appreciate the sights and sounds of nature, go without earplugs, and if you can, go with a buddy I'll do in the future."
Check out the full interview with Colorado Parks and Wildlife below to hear the story in Kauffman's own words.