Cougar attacks man in Colorado – Man strangles mountain lion to DEATH

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An unidentified man who was running on Horsetooth Mountain Open Space’s West Ridge Trail near Fort Collins, Colorado had a nasty encounter on with a juvenile cougar on Monday, which ended with the runner wounded and the animal strangled to death, the Coloradoan reported this week.

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Mountain Lion Attacks Runner in Colorado, Runner Strangles It to Death. By Tony Hisgett, via Wikipedia, Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) has confirmed that a male cougar (Puma concolor couguar, also known as a mountain lion, puma, or catamount) weighing at least 80 pounds attacked the man and managed to inflict bite wounds to his face and wrist – before the tables turned and the man managed to suffocate it with his bare hands. The runner sustained “serious, but non-life threatening injuries” in the deeply unfortunate incident.

The runner did everything he could to save his life,” CPW Northeast region manager Mark Leslie said in the statement. “In the event of a lion attack, you need to do anything in your power to fight back, just as this gentleman did.

Mountain lions have only caused three confirmed deaths in the state since 1990, and under 12 in North America in over 100 years.

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3 COMMENTS

    • Come on @Ed, It does seem a bit impossible, but self preservation can give some people clarity in do or die situations. What I don’t understand is the anger and negativity of some folks. If you don’t beleave a story does not make it BS….relax!

      • They don’t get their paws trimmed at Pet Smart. An 80 pound cat would shred a human. What do you think a cat would be doing when being strangled? just sit there or kick like crazy. Absurd story. The news is full of coded BS. It’s how they dumb the people down. More and more BS just makes people gullible as possible. Do you think the WTC towers fell down from fire?

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