REPORT: Man Chokes Out Attacking Mountain Lion

By Darren
REPORT: Man Chokes Out Attacking Mountain Lion

A Man in Colorado Was Attacked by a Mountain Lion While Out on a Run… He Reacted by Literally Choking the Giant Cat to Death With His Bare Hands…

Don’t mess with Colorado joggers is the message we’ve all be given after an insane incident went down in the Horsetooth Moutain Open Space near Fort Collins. A man was attacked by a cougar while out for a run – and we’re not talking about a hot older woman here.

Nope, the unnamed jogger found himself confronted by an angry mountain lion, who didn’t take kindly with a human wandering into its territory. Cougars are the biggest wild cat in North America and can weigh up to 141lbs. That’s more than a Demetrious Johnson. They can reach a top speed of 50mph/80kmh and are adept climbers and swimmers. The main reason why they’re not considered ‘big’ cats is that they can’t roar.

So when this jogger was attacked, his natural reaction was to choke the beast to death. Yes. You read that correctly.


Although cougar-related deaths are rare, they are actually on the increase as humans consider to encroach upon their natural territory. Still, the guy out for a run can’t be blamed for defending himself from getting savaged by the giant feline. It’s not like he went out to actively hunt for it.

“There was some wrestling going on and the cat did latch onto his arm but he was able to choke it,” a Colorado Parks and Wildlife official stated. 

That’s quite a story to tell the kids when you get home. An investigation is underway, hence why the man’s name hasn’t been released. It’s probably just as well because you’d get crazy vegans hunting him down as well.


Since 1990, three people have been killed and 16 injured in cougar attacks. They are very rare as the animals are usually wise enough to avoid human contact. Much like the vegan snowflakes who will get triggered by this article, the lion’s instincts were activated when the jogger went into his territory.

“Mountain lion attacks are not common in Colorado and it is unfortunate that the lion’s hunting instincts were triggered by the runner,” said Ty Petersburg, area wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “This could have had a very different outcome.”

Fight Back

When you know that there could be dangerous wildlife in the area, it’s good to know how to protect yourself. If a grizzly bear comes at you, for example, playing dead can be a good option because they’ll stop attacking if they think you’re no longer a threat. However, the smaller black bear will usually give up if they realize that their potential victim is willing to fight to the death. It’s a similar situation with wildcats. Grab anything in your vicinity to make noise and defend yourself.

“The runner did everything he could to save his life. In the event of a lion attack you need to do anything in your power to fight back just as this gentleman did,” said Mark Leslie, Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s northeast region manager.