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Man Chokes Attacking Cougar to Death in Colorado

Wildlife officials say a man who fought off a young mountain lion on a northern Colorado trail killed the animal by choking it.

Posted: Feb 5, 2019 3:21 PM
Updated: Feb 5, 2019 3:25 PM

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on a man attacked by a mountain lion in Colorado (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

Wildlife officials say a man who fought off a young mountain lion on a northern Colorado trail killed the animal by choking it.

The man was running alone near Fort Collins on Monday when the lion attacked him from behind after the movement apparently triggered its hunting instincts.

A spokeswoman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Rebecca Ferrell, says the man told investigators he choked it and an examination of the animal confirmed that.

Ferrell says he did exactly the right thing by fighting back as hard as he could. Since he was just out for a run, he didn't have anything to help him other than "sheer will."

The agency isn't identifying the man because of its investigation. He was hospitalized but is expected to make a full recovery.

Mountain lions attacks are rare. Sixteen people have been injured and three killed by mountain lions in Colorado since 1990.


8:49 p.m.

A man is recovering after he fought off and killed a mountain lion that attacked him during a trail run in northern Colorado.

Rebecca Ferrell, a spokeswoman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, tells The Coloradoan the man was running alone at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space near Fort Collins when he was attacked from behind Monday afternoon. The runner, whose name has not been released, fought off the cougar, hiked out of the area and drove himself to a hospital.

He suffered facial cuts, wrist injuries and puncture wounds to his arms, legs and back.

Wildlife officers searching the trail found the juvenile mountain lion's body near several of the runner's possessions.

The last mountain lion attack in Colorado was reported in June 2016 in Pitkin County.

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