On Monday, a man was out running a trail at the Horsetooth Mountain Open Space area outside of Fort Collins, Colorado. While running, a mountain lion attacked him. According to the runner, he had heard something behind him. He said the lion began to bite at his face and wrist. Fortunately, he was able to break free from the cougar’s teeth and claws. He told officials at Colorado Parks & Wildlife that he choked the animal to death as a means of self-defense.
Though the runner has some serious injuries, they are not life-threatening. A necropsy was conducted on the cougar. They were able to confirm that the cause of death was suffocation.
Mountain Lion Attacks Runner
When it comes to mountain lion attacks in the U.S., they are relatively rare. There have been less than 20 fatal attacks within the last 100 years. There is a healthy mountain lion population in Colorado and other western states such as Washington.
Below is a guide on what to do and how to avoid if a mountain lion attacks:
Don’t approach the animal, especially if it is feeding or with its kittens. Give the animals their space.
If you do come upon a lion, stay calm. Talk to the animal calmly and firmly. Never turn your back on a mountain lion.
Also, do whatever you can to appear larger than the animal. Some ways you can look larger is by raising your arms or opening your jacket if you are wearing one.
If the lion appears to be acting aggressively, throw stones and branches towards the animal. Wave your arms and speak with a firm tone. You want to convince the mountain lion that you are not prey and that you, yourself are a danger to the animal.
If a lion does attack you, fight back. The CPW suggests to target areas such as their nose or their eyes.