- Nov 14, 2009
- Reaction score
- Rocky Mtn. High
- Political Leaning
I came across this article in yesterday's Denver Post. It seems that a runner was attacked on the trail by a mountain lion. This type of encounter, though rare, usually favors the mountain lion (as after all they are expert hunters), but not this time. It seems the runner struck the large cat with a rock and the proceeded to strangle it to death. Frankly I can get out of my mind the idea of a runner (likely fit, but slight) wrestling to death a large, powerful, agile cat with big, sharp claws.
"....The bloodied Colorado trail runner who fought off a rare mountain lion attack pummeled the young cat with a rock, wrestled it to the ground and ultimately choked the animal to death with his hands, arms and feet, state wildlife officials said Tuesday.
The man — who is his 30s and has yet to be publicly identified — was released from a hospital Tuesday morning after being treated for bite wounds and lacerations to his face and arms.
“This is crazy but true. We have no reason to believe that this is a hoax,” said Rebecca Ferrell, spokeswoman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
The shocking tale of survival on Larimer County’s Horsetooth Mountain quickly spread far beyond Colorado, with news of Monday’s attack prompting media calls from around the world, as well as suggestions of film and book deals, and even marriage proposals, Ferrell said. Gov. Jared Polis chimed in too, posting on his Facebook page: “Don’t mess with Colorado trail runners.”
“He should never have to buy another beer in his life,” Ferrell said.