Man Explains How He Killed Attacking Mountain Lion

Colorado man says he had to suffocate it
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

(NEWSER) – Travis Kauffman says he’s sad that a mountain lion had to die—but since the animal had leaped at him and latched onto his wrist with its jaws, he had little choice but to fight back. At a news conference Thursday, the 31-year-old, who needed 28 stitches, recounted his life-or-death struggle with the juvenile mountain lion who attacked him while running on a trail near Fort Collins, Colo., earlier this month, KDVR reports. He said that after the cougar began clawing at his face and neck, it turned into a “wrestling match.” Kauffman told reporters that he tried using his free hand to hit the animal with a rock and stab it with sticks but nothing worked until he was able to shift his weight and suffocate it by putting his foot on its neck.