The runner who was able to kill a young mountain lion in self-defense on a Colorado trail was able to choke the animal to death, an official said.
The man told investigators that he suffocated the predator during Monday’s confrontation, and an examination of the mountain lion confirmed his account, according to Rebecca Ferrell of Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
He was running alone at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space when he heard a noise and turned around. The mountain lion then pounced, according to officials.
The trail runner did not have any equipment or gear to help him against the lion.
“He did this just out of sheer will and defense of himself,” Ferrell said.
It is believed that his movement triggered the mountain lion’s hunting instincts.
The man was hospitalized with serious injuries but is expected to make a full recovery. Officials say he needs time to decide whether he will speak out about the ordeal.
The lion was less than one year old and tested negative for rabies, according to wildlife officials.