Runner fights off, kills mountain lion after being attacked in northern Colorado

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A man is recovering after he fought off and killed a mountain lion that attacked him during a trail run in northern Colorado.

Rebecca Ferrell, a spokeswoman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, tells The Coloradoan the man was running alone at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space near Fort Collins when he was attacked from behind Monday afternoon.

The runner, whose name has not been released, fought off the cougar, hiked out of the area and drove himself to a hospital.

Mountain lion
See Gallery
Mountain lion
Cougar, Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) at waterfall, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, North America
The snow-capped peaks of Klimanjaro looms over a young lion (Panthera leo) in Amboseli National Park KENYA
Mountain Lion (cougar, puma, panther) Felis concolor, jumping from rock to rock, controlled situation on a private ranch outside of Yosemite, CA. USA
Mountain Lion (Felis Concolor)
Cougar jumping from a boulder
Houston, Texas.
The Mountain Lion also known as the Puma or Cougar. Like almost all cats, the cougar is solitary and, excepting brief mating couples, only mothers and kittens live in groups. It is a secretive animal, most active around dawn and dusk. Studies show dense underbrush is preferred by the cat, but it can live with little vegetation in open areas.
Stuffed Puma
Female mountain lion (Felids concolor) carrying cub in mouth, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA.
A mountain lion lying atop a rocky ledge. MT

He suffered facial cuts, wrist injuries and puncture wounds to his arms, legs and back.

Wildlife officers searching the trail found the juvenile mountain lion's body near several of the runner's possessions.

The last mountain lion attack in Colorado was reported in June 2016 in Pitkin County.

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.