This is not one of those headlines you can just walk away from. But this story is totally for reals. A man in Colorado was out running trails when the unthinkable happened. He suddenly found a mountain lion and it was attacking him. The attack occurred a couple days ago in Horsetooth Mountain Open Space. The still unidentified runner then did something even more unthinkable. Not only did he survive the attack, he choked the attacking mountain lion to death! Who chokes a lion of any kind to death?
WOUNDED MAN PREY HIKES TO HOSPITAL AFTER HE CHOKES PREDATOR TO DEATH
After being attacked and choking the mountain lion to death, the man still managed to hike his way to a hospital. Because the mountain lion did, of course, give him a number of wounds that needed treatment. Police heard about the attack from the hospital. Evidently, these kinds of attacks are very rare. Tye Petersburg is the area wildlife manager for CPW. He said, “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.”
MOUNTAIN LIONS ARE AMBUSH PREDATORS THE SIZE OF GERMAN SHEPHERDS
But is the story really true? You’re damn right it is. Police made sure to confirm. So they had a post mortem done on the deceased cat. That confirmed the man’s account of the attack. But that almost makes this even crazier. Mountain lions are a LOT of cat. They can weigh between 65 and 85 pounds and 3 to 4 feet in length. But that’s the size of a German Shepherd! So this story could have been very different. As in, man killed in mountain lion attack as authorities attempt to locate and kill rogue ambush predator.