The man who killed a mountain lion with his bare hands after getting attacked while trail running at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space in Colorado on February 4th sat down with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to tell his story. In the words of CPW officer Mark Leslie:
“In the event of a lion attack you need to do anything in your power to fight back just as this gentleman did.”
***WARNING: This video contains graphic images of 31 year old Travis Kauffman’s injuries. Viewer discretion is advised.
This is an hour long press conference Travis did about the incident:
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ENCOUNTER A MOUNTAIN LION:
- Do not approach a lion, especially one that is feeding or with kittens. Most mountain lions will try to avoid a confrontation. Give them a way to escape.
- Stay calm when you come upon a lion. Talk calmly and firmly to it. Move slowly and never turn your back on it.
- Stop or back away slowly, if you can do it safely. Running may stimulate a lion’s instinct to chase and attack. Face the lion and stand upright.
- Do all you can to appear larger. Raise your arms. Open your jacket if you’re wearing one. If you have small children with you, protect them by picking them up so they won’t panic and run.
- If the lion behaves aggressively, throw stones, branches or whatever you can get your hands on without crouching down or turning your back. Wave your arms slowly and speak firmly. What you want to do is convince the lion you are not prey and that you may in fact be a danger to the lion.
- Fight back if a lion attacks you. Lions have been driven away by prey that fights back. People have fought back with rocks, sticks, caps or jackets, garden tools andtheir bare hands successfully. We recommend targeting the eyes and nose as these are sensitive areas. Remain standing or try to get back up!