Lone jogger viciously attacked by juvenile mountain lion suffocates animal to death with bare hands in Colorado
The man was jogging along a trail on the West Ridge of the Horsetooth Mountain Open Space about 66 miles to the northwest of Denver, Colorado when he was attacked
A jogger in Colorado reportedly fought off a juvenile mountain lion in the foothills of Horsetooth Mountain in Colorado on February 4. The authorities said that the man, who has not been identified, suffered from severe bites before he managed to kill the big cat in self-defense. The unnamed man was jogging along a trail on the West Ridge of the Horsetooth Mountain Open Space which is a park about 66 miles to the northwest of Denver.
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Larimer County Department of Natural Resources said in a joint statement late on February 4 that the mountain lion attacked the man from behind and managed to bite and claw at his face, back, legs, and arms. It was not disclosed, however, how the jogger managed to kill the juvenile cat, according to Daily Mail.
A question was asked on Twitter about whether the jogger had somehow used a weapon to kill the creature but the CPW confirmed that this was not the case. It was then reported that he fought off the wild animal with nothing but his bare hands. The CPW did confirm that the animal was a juvenile, which would definitely increase his chances of fighting off the vicious attack.
Adult male mountain lions are said to weigh anywhere between 110 and 180lbs while the females weigh between 80 and 130lbs. A juvenile, especially a female, would weigh way less than this amount. The gender of the predator was not reported.
Officials said that the man was able to get himself to the local hospital and his injuries were bad but not life-threatening. The animal's body was found close to the jogger's possessions, which he dropped, and the animal was taken to a CPW lab for a necropsy which revealed that the man was indeed able to suffocate the animal while defending himself.
Mark Leslie, CPW Northeast Regional Manager, said: "The runner did everything he could to save his life. In the event of a lion attack, you need to do anything in your power to fight back, just as this gentleman did."
After additional investigation, including examination of the lion, we have confirmed the victim's account that he was able to suffocate the animal while defending himself from the attack.— CPW NE Region (@CPW_NE) February 5, 2019
Mountain lion attacks have caused less than 20 fatalities in the US in the past 100 years. Officials have said that 16 of the known attacks have happened in Colorado since 1990. Ty Petersburg, area wildlife manager for the CPW, said in a statement: "Mountain lion attacks are not common in Colorado and it is unfortunate that the lion's hunting instincts were triggered by the runner. This could have had a very different outcome."