The person who was attacked by a mountain lion throughout a run in Colorado earlier this month defined how he suffocated the younger cat — and survived with minimal accidents.
Travis Kauffman spoke publicly for the primary time on Thursday after the incident, which came about on Feb. four at Horsetooth Mountain Open Area in Larimer County.
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Kauffman, initially from Alabama, mentioned in an interview launched by Colorado Parks and Wildlife that he needed to “go on a reasonably lengthy scenic run,” and headed out round midday.
Sooner or later throughout his jog, he “heard some pine needles rustle behind” him. Kauffman mentioned he turned his head — one thing he would not sometimes do, as he’d anticipate the rustling to be a rabbit or deer — and that is when he mentioned he felt his “coronary heart sink.”
Kauffman noticed the mountain lion roughly 10 ft away. He threw his arms up within the air and began yelling. The mountain lion stored approaching, and ultimately, lunged at him.
The cat latched its jaw onto Kauffman’s proper wrist, the runner mentioned. Kauffman tried to guard his face because the mountain lion clawed at him.
All through the assault, Kauffman mentioned he was doing his “barbarian yell as finest I might,” and tried throwing the cat off him — which led to them each tumbling down a slope.
“From there it was identical to a wrestling match — it was thrashing and it nonetheless had my wrist locked in its jaws,” Kauffman mentioned. He added that he pinned down the cat’s again legs utilizing his left knee.
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He tried to throw sticks on the lion, however they had been rotten and breaking. He ultimately picked up a big rock and tried to hit the cat within the head with it. Kauffman mentioned he was capable of transition his physique weight, transferring his proper leg up towards his wrist, and ultimately was capable of step on the cat’s neck — suffocating it.
After the incident, Kauffman mentioned he was on a “loopy excessive” and started to run towards civilization. As he ran, he mentioned he seen lion tracks and realized his environment had been “excellent lion territory.”
A Good Samaritan transported Kauffman to the hospital, the place he realized his face “was simply type of a bloody mess.” He acquired 19 stitches alongside his left cheek, one other six stitches on the bridge of his nostril and three stitches on his wrist (the place the lion’s mouth was). Kauffman mentioned he has a number of puncture wounds from the cat’s enamel and claws, however in any other case feels “nice.”
“It’s a type of bizarre sensational tales. It’s tremendous uncommon. I really feel like I ought to go and purchase a bunch of lottery tickets,” Kauffman joked.
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Wildlife officers mentioned Kauffman did every part proper when he encountered the animal. Kauffman famous that if he had been sporting headphones whereas he was operating, he would not have heard the mountain lion’s rustling, and would not have circled.
Kauffman instructed that runners go along with a good friend if doable, and mentioned to at all times “remember that you’re sharing that house with wildlife.”