Man suffocates mountain lion. Runner strangled mountain lion after animal attacked him, officials say

Colorado trail runner suffocates, kills attacking mountain lion in self defense

man suffocates mountain lion

Three people have died in that time frame from attacks. Comments may take up to an hour for moderation before appearing on the site. Remain standing or try to get back up! The runner sustained serious, but non-life threatening injuries as a result of the attack. Face the lion and stand upright. The officers found the body of a juvenile mountain lion within feet of several possessions that the man asked the officers to look for on the trail.

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Colorado trail runner suffocates, kills attacking mountain lion in self defense

man suffocates mountain lion

Sixteen people have been injured and three killed by mountain lions in Colorado since 1990. Wave your arms slowly and speak firmly. Ferrel added that if you have any tools on you — like trekking polls or keys — to use those against the animal. We recommend targeting the eyes and nose as these are sensitive areas. Mountain lion attacks are rare because they tend to avoid humans. The lion was less than a year old and tested negative for rabies.

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A Colorado trail runner was attacked by a mountain lion. He choked it to death

man suffocates mountain lion

If the lion behaves aggressively, throw stones, branches or whatever you can get your hands on without crouching down or turning your back. We have enabled email notifications—you will now receive an email if you receive a reply to your comment, there is an update to a comment thread you follow or if a user you follow comments. He was able to fight and break free from the lion, killing the lion in self-defense. Lions have been driven away by prey that fights back. Colorado Parks and Wildlife says the man was running alone at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space near Fort Collins when the lion attacked him from behind after the movement apparently triggered its hunting instincts.

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Colorado runner kills cougar in self

man suffocates mountain lion

The man described hearing something behind him on the trail and was attacked as he turned around to investigate. He did this just out of sheer will and defence of himself The lion was less than a year old and tested negative for rabies. Fight back if a lion attacks you. He has not been identified by authorities, who say their investigation into the attack is not finished yet and the man needs time to decompress and decide if he will speak publicly. The agency said the attack on the runner was likely triggered by the animal's hunting instincts.

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Colorado trail runner suffocates, kills attacking mountain lion in self defense

man suffocates mountain lion

The runner was able to leave the trail and drive himself to a local hospital. In Colorado, where their population is strong, 16 people have been injured by mountain lions and three have been killed since 1990. The man was running alone at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space near Fort Collins on Monday when he heard something behind him on the trail and was attacked as he turned back to investigate, according to an account from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. We ask you to keep your comments relevant and respectful. But the man was able to fight and break free from the lion, the release read. The man was hospitalized with serious injuries and was expected to make a full recovery. Wildlife officials said he also had puncture wounds to his arms, legs and back.

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Colorado trail runner suffocates, kills mountain lion in self

man suffocates mountain lion

What you want to do is convince the lion you are not prey and that you may in fact be a danger to the lion. He told investigators he choked the lion and an examination of the animal confirmed that, said Rebecca Ferrell, a spokeswoman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Wildlife offices said mountain lions will often instinctively try to chase and attack fast-moving animals, including humans. . Visit our for more information and details on how to adjust your settings.

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Runner survives attack by choking mountain lion to death

man suffocates mountain lion

But the man who was attacked did not have any gear to help him. Comments Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion and encourage all readers to share their views on our articles. The lion lunged at the runner, biting his face and wrist. A spokeswoman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Rebecca Ferrell, says the man did exactly the right thing by fighting back as hard as he could. He suffered facial cuts, wrist injuries and puncture wounds to his arms, legs and back. Since 1990, Colorado has received reports of 16 mountain lion attacks, and 3 deaths. The man said he heard something behind him on the trail and was attacked as he turned to investigate.

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Man suffocates mountain lion who attacked him near Fort Collins

man suffocates mountain lion

The runner described hearing something behind him while running on the West Ridge Trail, and when he turned around the mountain lion lunged at him, biting his face and wrist. But the man who was attacked did not have any gear to help him. Most mountain lions will try to avoid a confrontation. Ferrell said the runner did exactly what experts recommend in a rare encounter with a mountain lion — fight back as hard as you can. Move slowly and never turn your back on it.

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