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Mountain lion attacks on humans are extremely rare – as the Mountain Lion Foundation states, drown rather in yours Bathtub is said to be confronted with one of the big cats who tend to fight back. Id people instead of confronting them.
However, this was not the case for a Colorado jogger on Monday, reportedly from a mountain lion was attacked behind and forced to defend himself, kill the lion, and flee with his life.
According to the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Department, the unnamed runner hit the West Ridge Trail at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space on Monday the lion.
Per a CPW Press Release :
The victim of the robbery described hearing something behind on the path, and was attacked by a mountain lion when he turned to investigate. The lion lunged at the runner and bit his face and wrist. He was able to fight and free himself from the lion, killing the lion in self-defense. The runner suffered severe but not life-threatening injuries as a result of the attack.
When wildlife officers raided the run area provided by the runner, the body of a juvenile mountain lion was found in several possessions of the victim asking the officers to seek on the trail. The lion was taken to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Animal Health Laboratory for necropsy.
CPW is currently investigating the incident, according to the department.
"The runner went out of their way to save his life," said Mark Leslie, CPW's Northeast Region Manager, in the publication. "In the case of a lion attack, you must do everything in your power to defend yourself, just like this gentleman."
The CPW emphasized that such clashes are rare, with only 16 mountain lion injuries, affecting people in the region in the last 100 years across North America totaling fewer than 20 fatalities.
Nonetheless, the CPW warned its release of approaching mountain lions, especially those who feed or are with their kittens. When encountering a mountain lion, the CPW recommends staying calm, looking bigger, and slowly retreating. In the event of a mountain lion behaving or attacking aggressively, the CPW recommends strafing as "lions are driven away by prey that defends itself".
That solo jogger did that when he met the 80-pound cat on Monday. and it could have saved his life.
"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, CPW's wildlife manager Ty Petersburg. "This could have had a completely different result."