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  • #3576986
    Dan Y
    BPL Member

    @zelph2

    #3577029
    Ben H.
    BPL Member

    @bzhayes

    Locale: No. Alabama

    …Officials said Tuesday morning that a necropsy showed that the man suffocated the animal…

    Holy %&$%^&! That’s the kind of guy you want as a friend and definitely not someone you want as an enemy. I’ve got to believe the animal is in pretty bad condition. I just can’t imagine how many people could beat a mountain lion in hand-to-paw combat.

     

    #3577033
    Dan Y
    BPL Member

    @zelph2

    The man was fighting for his life and gives new meaning to “death grip” Amazing what strength we can muster up when faced with death.

    #3577041
    Greg Mihalik
    Spectator

    @greg23

    Locale: Colorado

    “… the man told investigators he choked it and an examination of the animal confirmed that.”

    One lucky guy.  I’m sure that mountain lion had all four feet engaged, and teeth.  It is amazing the man survived.

    Go for run. Survive mountain lion attack. Hike out. Drive to emergency room. Get patched up. Take a nap.

     

    #3577298
    R
    Spectator

    @autox

    I heard a report the lion was 1yr old, 70lbs.

    Changes the perspective a bit (males grow up to 220lbs), but still a crazy incident.

    A year ago one was caught just a few blocks from my house in the middle of San Francisco.

     

    #3577312
    Kattt
    BPL Member

    @kattt

    ^^^ the majority of lions that have killed people have been juveniles well under 100 lbs. That is still a lot of cat. In California they rarely make it to 130 lbs. Ever tried picking up a 4 week old wild “house cat”? They can shred your hand.

    #3577626
    Geoff Caplan
    BPL Member

    @geoffcaplan

    Locale: Lake District, Cumbria

    Hard core guy!

    But just to get this into perspective, in the US there have been 9 adult and 7 child fatalities since 1970. Only 2 of the adult fatalities were male, suggesting that larger size is protective.

    Contrast that with, say, over 30,000 gun-related deaths and over 30,000 traffic fatalities per year, and you can see that it’s the humans that are out to get you, not the wildlife!

    #3577631
    Brad P
    BPL Member

    @brawndo

    Glad he survived, but he suffered serious injuries.  I suspect he’s got a lot of permanent scars.

    It’s fortunate that these are rare and without doing the research, I’m willing to bet more people are killed and injured crossing the street in cities.

    #3577641
    Greg Mihalik
    Spectator

    @greg23

    Locale: Colorado

    ^^^

    Someone just died from walking in front of an oncoming train, but otherwise no recent pedestrian fatalities in Ft. Collins. There were 17  automobile fatalities in 2017, so once again getting to the trail head is the risky part of the trip.

    #3578693
    Greg Mihalik
    Spectator

    @greg23

    Locale: Colorado
    #3578695
    Jerry Adams
    BPL Member

    @retiredjerry

    Locale: Oregon and Washington

    Interesting how first I hear about this on this site, a few days later on media, a day later on the network TV news

    #3578712
    jscott
    BPL Member

    @book

    Locale: Northern California

    trail runner mauls a mountain lion.

    A weeping lioness told our cub reporter that her year old son was merely doing what all lions do in the wild when he was viciously murdered by a man weighing far more than him….etc .etc.

    (this is a joke. of course the man should have killed the attacking lion.)

    #3578719
    Jerry Adams
    BPL Member

    @retiredjerry

    Locale: Oregon and Washington

    good joke, wish I had thought of it

    #3578795
    Steofan M
    BPL Member

    @simaulius

    Locale: Bohemian Alps

    Instinctively, large cats attack from behind. Worse yet for trail runners who are seen as prey trying to escape. As a stalking animal, cats avoid eye contact to avoid detection while stalking and chasing.
    Does anyone remember this on preventing tiger attacks? It might be an “ounce of prevention” or it might be easier to run trails with friends and just make a lot of noise, as we are told, to prevent startling a bear into attacking.

    #3578930
    Matt
    BPL Member

    @mhr

    Locale: San Juan Mtns.

    “The Beast in the Garden” by David Baron is an excellent read chronicling the clash between humans (and particularly trail runners) and mountain lions trying to cohabitate in Boulder, Colorado.

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