A juvenile Mountain Lion, weighing about 80 pounds, attacked a Colorado runner who fought back and managed to choke it to death.
The runner is being treated for wounds. The Mountain Lion was not rapid, and the attack occurred in the Horsetooth Mountain Open Space near Fort Collins.
The runner was attacked from behind, as is normal for a Mountain Lion, and the man was bitten on his face and wrist before he managed to pick up a rock and slam the animal in the head. The man then jumped on the animal’s back and choked it to death with his hands, arms, and feet.
By the time authorities found the Mountain Lion carcass, it had been partially eaten by other animals — possibly other mountain lions — which made it difficult for officials to identify the cat’s gender and precise weight.