Runner Who Managed To Fend Off Lion Speaks Out

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in Uncategorised
Published 15.02.19
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The other day I wrote about a man who fought – and essentially ended – a mountain lion with his bare hands.

It wasn’t for sport or anything; he’s not a bad guy, but it went for him and he had to ensure his survival.

On the fourth of March, Travis Kauffman, 31, was trail running in the foothills of the Horsetooth Mountain Park in northern Colorado when the wild animal made a beeline for him.

A huge fight between the two ensued and eventually, Kauffman managed to get on top of the lion and and choke it. Sad, of course, but also very impressive.

It’s been a few days now and Travis has finally spoken about his ordeal in a very detailed 11-minute video…

Check it out below:

He talks for a while about the hobby itself, before explaining what happened:

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.

And that’s when kind of my fear response turned into more of a fight response.

Because I’m a recent cat owner, I know that the back claws are pretty dangerous. And I was pretty worried about its claws just sinking into my my stomach.

I was able to shift my weight and get a foot on its neck…I stepped on its neck 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.”

He seemed genuinely remorseful that he had to do it, but as he explained, the adrenaline took over.

Apparently the lion weighed at least 36 kilograms (80lbs) which isn’t huge at all, but it had the element of surprise on its side.

Images via YouTube