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How the trail runner attacked by a mountain lion in Larimer County killed the animal

How the trail runner attacked by a mountain lion in Larimer County killed the animal


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How the trail runner attacked by a mountain lion in Larimer County killed the animal

THE WESTERNER ^

| 2/5/19
| myself

Posted on 02/05/2019 2:46:53 PM PST by cowpoke

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers confirmed through a necropsy that a jogger on Horsetooth Mountain in Larimer County survived a rare attack by a young mountain lion by suffocating the animal to death. “After additional investigation, including examination of the lion, we have confirmed the victim’s account that he was able to suffocate the animal while defending himself from attack,” Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials tweeted Tuesday morning.

It’s unclear whether the runner — who has not yet been identified publicly — strangled or smothered the mountain lion. He had no weapons, so he killed the cat with his bare, bleeding hands after climbing on top of the animal, state wildlife officials said.

“It’s an amazing story. Everyone is baffled and impressed,” said Rebecca Ferrell, spokeswoman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “He had no weapons, no knives or trekking poles with him. How did he do it? It’s pretty rare. That is definitely a twist on this, I’m sure.” The victim was running on West Ridge Trail when he heard something behind him, Ferrell said. As he turned, he saw the mountain lion pounce for his head and neck, she said. The mountain lion bit him on the face and wrist. The victim managed to partially block the attack with his forearms, Ferrell said. He managed to fight and break free from the mountain lion. Once he fended the mountain lion off, he counter-attacked the cat by getting on top of it, she said. There are still a few mysteries, though, including exactly how he suffocated the animal. Wildlife officers will go to the hospital Tuesday and ask him many questions about how he survived and then killed the mountain lion, Ferrell said. Wildlife officers also searched the trail where the runner told them his fight with the mountain lion took place, a Parks and Wildlife news release says. They found the dead mountain lion within feet of possessions the victim asked the officers to look for, it says. Although preliminary information from the necropsy confirms the jogger’s story about the cause of death, detailed information about the mountain lion’s injuries have not been released and could take several days before they are made public…MORE

On Monday evening, the victim was treated for serious injuries including facial bite wounds and lacerations to his arms, legs and back.

…detailed information about the mountain lion’s injuries have not been released and could take several days before they are made public. 

Apparently it is OK to release detailed information about the human’s injuries, but details about the lion’s injuries are being held close by officials? A dead cat has more of a right to privacy than the human victim?

Wildlife officers will go to the hospital Tuesday and ask him many questions about how he survived and then killed the mountain lion, Ferrell said.

They are not just asking him to describe what occurred, but instead will ask “many questions.”

This suggests to me this is still an active investigation, and could explain why details of the animals injuries have not been disclosed, and won’t be until the human has answered “many questions.”

In other words, the human is being treated as a suspect in a murder case.




TOPICS: Government; Outdoors; Politics
KEYWORDS: mountainlion; runner; wildlife


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1
posted on
02/05/2019 2:46:53 PM PST
by
cowpoke


To: cowpoke

I wonder if the jogger was wearing a MAGA hat.


2
posted on
02/05/2019 2:50:09 PM PST
by
Bernard
(We will stop calling you fake news when you stop being fake news.)


To: cowpoke

I’m impressed…………………


3
posted on
02/05/2019 2:50:32 PM PST
by
Red Badger
(We are headed for a Civil War. It won’t be nice like the last one………………..)


To: cowpoke

It looks pretty strange to me, like will they fine him for defending himself if he used a weapon?


4
posted on
02/05/2019 2:51:23 PM PST
by
KittyKares
(Drain the Swamp)


To: cowpoke

Can we get him to run the Senate?


5
posted on
02/05/2019 2:51:41 PM PST
by
2banana
(Were you)


To: cowpoke


To: cowpoke

Heck, even Davy Crockett had a knife when he kilt that ‘ere b’ar. Course, he was only three when he done it, y’know.


7
posted on
02/05/2019 2:52:02 PM PST
by
IronJack


To: cowpoke

Ripped off his sweat shirt and stuffed it down the animals throat? Then retrieved the shirt and used it for a bandage?


8
posted on
02/05/2019 2:53:47 PM PST
by
Candor7
((Obama Fascism)http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)


To: KittyKares

An old friend of mine said it is always better to be judged by twelve than to be carried by six.


9
posted on
02/05/2019 2:54:19 PM PST
by
Vigilanteman
(The politicized state destroys all aspects of civil society, human kindness and private charity.)


To: cowpoke

Hi.

IIRC there is a FReeper who killed a bear with his bare hands.

Maybe a K-bar too.

5.56mm


10
posted on
02/05/2019 2:54:51 PM PST
by
M Kehoe
(DRAIN THE SWAMP! BUILD THE WALL!)


To: 2banana

I think he should be the next Darwin Awards judge.


11
posted on
02/05/2019 2:55:17 PM PST
by
MomwithHope
(IMO Patrick McGoohan – Inventor of the Red Pill)


To: cowpoke

A dead cat has more of a right to privacy
= = =

So we go from HIPAA (for Hippos) to CATAA for Cats?


12
posted on
02/05/2019 2:55:23 PM PST
by
Scrambler Bob
(You know that I am full of /S)


To: cowpoke

I think I would get an attorney before I answered those “many questions.”


13
posted on
02/05/2019 2:55:46 PM PST
by
Truth29


To: cowpoke

I didn’t even know Mel Gibson was a runner.


14
posted on
02/05/2019 2:57:00 PM PST
by
sparklite2
(Don’t mind me. I’m just a contrarian.)


To: Scrambler Bob


To: Vigilanteman

An old friend of mine said it is always better to be judged by twelve than to be carried by six.
______________
Yes, indeed.

In the case being discussed, I hope everyone involved realizes that the human saving his life should be all that matters. This used to be a no brainer.


16
posted on
02/05/2019 3:01:00 PM PST
by
KittyKares
(Drain the Swamp)


To: M Kehoe

That’s what I thought of too. Someone with a better memory will be along shortly (or the freeper himself).

I have read that one should try to fight off a cougar if attacked as they may try for easier prey. Brown bears iirc you should play dead and protect your head, black bears and grizzly should try to fight?


17
posted on
02/05/2019 3:01:43 PM PST
by
21twelve
(!)


To: kanawa; null and void

18
posted on
02/05/2019 3:02:08 PM PST
by
Darksheare
(Those who support liberal “Republicans” summarily support every action by same.)


To: Responsibility2nd

An account that I read said the cat was a juvenile. Size matters. Not saying this was not a big deal, but that depends on how big the cat was. From what I have read, we just don’t know that.



To: Candor7

Nahh, he had a pair of Nancy Pelosi’s underwear and rammed it down the cat’s throat, the cat choked on it’s own vomit.


20
posted on
02/05/2019 3:04:40 PM PST
by
ImJustAnotherOkie
(All I know is what I read in the papers.)


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