Jogger fights off mountain lion, kills it

Man survives attack and kills mountain lion on Colorado trail

"We've even had a few people enquire about the man's marital status", Rebecca Ferrell with Colorado Parks and Wildlife said.

Petersburg said the man followed the state guidelines when the cat confronted him: He put his hands in the air, made a lot of noise and stood his ground.

Remarkably the man was able to hike down a mile and a half to his vehicle and get himself to the nearest hospital.

The jogger, who was not identified, suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries and was hospitalized after Monday's attack, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) department said in a statement.

Tuesday afternoon, Larimer County officials announced they are temporarily closing the park because of the attack. Authorities said the runner needs time to decompress and decide if he will speak out.

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CBS4's Dillon Thomas spoke with Northern Coloradans who frequent the trail.

Cougars, also known as mountain lions, panthers or pumas, are members of the wild cat family.

Past year were a pair of these exceptions, as a Washington man was killed while trying to escape on his mountain bike, and another incident of a woman being killed in Oregon. Most mountain lions will try to avoid a confrontation. "He thought that they were younger, probably cubs". Not so with a mountain lion, she said. He then put the lion in a headlock and wrestled and scrapped with the creature on the trail, Ferrell said.

The cat that attacked the runner was tested for disease, and results were negative for rabies. State wildlife officials are expected to release more information about the runner's identity and details of the attack later this week. The animal's body was later recovered by park officials after the victim shared the location of the attack; it was taken to CPW's animal health lab for a necropsy. He was able to use that knowledge while responding to the incident. Mountain lion attacks on humans are very, very rare; this particular animal didn't know any better. If you live, work, or play in mountain lion country, it is important to be alert. Running may stimulate a lion's instinct to chase and attack. "He was able to fight and break free from the lion, killing the lion in self-defence".

"He obviously is a strong guy. I have a hide and carry", hiker, Penny Bossert said. I'd heard of people fighting off mountain lions and surviving attacks, but the idea of someone managing to kill the apex predator with their bare hands?

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