A runner was trapped on one of the most unfortunate circumstances — getting attacked by a mountain lion. Gratefully, he was able to escape, but not until he has slain the animal with his bare hands.
Travis Kauffman’s story of running through the wilderness in Colorado has gone viral. People were amazed at how he was able to flee from an incredible ordeal of battling the king of the jungle.
In a documentary by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Kauffman has narrated the story of how he encountered a lion, killing it in the process of keeping himself alive. The runner was going for a hike when he heard the sound of pine needles rustling somewhere around his location.
For anyone who’s in the middle of the forest, Kauffman was always worried about encountering a deadly animal. Sadly for the lone runner, the moment he fears the most came to life.
According to Kauffman, the lion stormed towards him in a New York minute to begin a three-minute battle against his human prey.
“It was going up towards my face so I threw up my hands to kind of block my face, at which point it grabbed onto my hand and wrist and from there it started to claw at my face and neck,” the 31-year-old stated via Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
“And that’s when kind of my fear response turned into more of a fight response.”
Continuing, Kauffman shared what came to his mind while he was battling the predator.
“Because I’m a recent cat owner, I know that the back claws are pretty dangerous when it comes down to an attack. And I was pretty worried about its claws just sinking into my stomach and groin area.”
“I was able to shift my weight and get a foot on its neck… I stepped on its neck with my right foot and just slowly after a few minutes I thought I would be getting close and then it would start thrashing again and I had a few more scratches that resulted from those thrashes at that point, and I’d say another couple minutes later it finally stopped moving.”
When the 31-year-old escaped from the nightmare, his face and neck were bleeding with deep cuts and scratches. According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesperson Rebecca Ferrell, examinations of the juvenile mountain lion confirmed that it had been choked.
She added that Kauffman man did the right thing by fighting back. “It’s definitely not something you hear every day. We know it sounds hard to believe, but his survival instinct kicked in and he did what he had to do,” Ferrell stated.
This is Travis Kauffman. This is his story of how he survived a mountain lion attack.
Gepostet von Colorado Parks and Wildlife am Donnerstag, 14. Februar 2019
Investigation of the ordeal has shown that the runner was tracing a popular trail in Larimer County’s Horsetooth Mountain Open Space along West Ridge. Given that the lion was less than a year old, it was still learning how to hunt but Kauffman was unable to scare it away.
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