Runner Somehow Survives Attack From Mountain Lion By Suffocating It With His Bare Hands

Pumas, commonly known as cougars and mountain lions, are large cats primarily found in the mountains of North and South America. They are highly adaptive creatures with a fearsome reputation as large and powerful carnivores. They’ve also been known to attack humans on very rare occasions, which is just a tad more unnerving than being able to write “They’ve never been known to attack humans at all,” if you get my drift.

According to a statement from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, an unidentified man on the West Ridge Trail at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space in Fort Collins, was jogging when he was attacked by a mountain lion that bit him on the face and wrist. CPW confirmed that the man fought back—and actually managed to suffocate the animal with his bare hands. He sustained serious injuries, fortunately none of which were life-threatening.

“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,” Mark Leslie, the manager for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Northeast Region, said in a statement.

The CPW confirmed the mountain lion was a juvenile male. A necropsy is being performed.

In a separate message, the CPW posted a reminder “that living in Colorado means living among our wildlife” and shared tips on how to live peacefully alongside mountain lions.

Others, like this person, have totally different ideas, though:

But yeah, if you want to coexist with wildlife, there are pretty simple rules to follow, namely: “they were here first.”

There is, of course, a cynical approach:

Just as there is a more practical one:

We will repeat it, though: Attacks on humans are rare (…as we solemnly vow never to leave the house again).