CO man kills cougar after being attecked while jogging


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Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
Feb 10, 2019 - 04:30pm PT
A short report on how errant young Mtn. Lions are handled in central Idaho small towns.

Idaho Fish and Game reported that the woman was breaking up what she thought was a fight between her dog and another dog early Wednesday morning. But as she pulled the two animals apart, she realized that in one hand she held a juvenile male mountain lion weighing around 35 pounds.

While restraining both the dog and the cat, the woman yelled for her husband, who was still inside the house, to grab a gun. He reacted quickly and shot the mountain lion while his wife held onto it, Idaho Fish and Game said in a press release.

Trad climber
Colorado Springs, CO
Feb 10, 2019 - 08:30pm PT

Indeed, it was a kitten.

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Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Feb 10, 2019 - 08:40pm PT
Yellow Jackets are smaller than me - but I'll still smack the sh#t out of it if it tries to sting me.


Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Feb 10, 2019 - 10:04pm PT
Relative size matters. A big guy might do fine against a smaller less experienced animal. But a small woman jogger stands much less of chance against a large male cat. Wolverines have been known to tackle mountain lions and even bears, but they are not soft and mushy like we are.
jeff constine

Trad climber
Ao Namao
Feb 10, 2019 - 10:24pm PT
Credit: jeff constine
Bring on the cats.

PS the gal on the left is the Stunt Coordinator for Seal Team, she takes us out to a private range 3 times a month.

Sport climber
100-year Visitor
Feb 10, 2019 - 10:34pm PT

The only acceptable use of all-caps.
jeff constine

Trad climber
Ao Namao
Feb 10, 2019 - 10:39pm PT
Credit: jeff constine

Feb 11, 2019 - 08:24am PT
I'm certain only Tarzan, Lord of Greystoke, Lord of the Apes could accomplish this in this style! He must be still alive and have been outside his normal jungle habitat!!! This pure style of "man against 'savage' beast" is the equivalent of the hardest free soloing!!!
jeff constine

Trad climber
Ao Namao
Feb 11, 2019 - 10:42am PT
pinky the cat rocks.

Social climber
The internet
Feb 14, 2019 - 06:16pm PT
Turns out it was around 35-40 lbs, a little less than I had predicted. Sounds like it was a good thing it was his wrist and not his neck the critter latched onto.
High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
Feb 14, 2019 - 07:33pm PT
A necropsy revealed the mountain lion was about 4 to 5 months old and weighed between 35 and 40 pounds

Yes, wow!

Mountain climber
Colorado & Nepal
Feb 14, 2019 - 10:45pm PT
Here's another article based on the same interview which details the actual fight and his strategy while in the midst of it.

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Feb 15, 2019 - 03:30am PT
That is very cool article a that highlights the key to survival with large cat or dog is to feed it your weak side arm and never wear earbuds in public or the wild.
Don Paul

Social climber
Washington DC
Feb 15, 2019 - 04:33am PT
The cat was about 10 feet away, said Kauffman, and he threw up his arms and began yelling in an attempt to scare the animal off. ...Kauffman had to run three miles down the trail, bloodied, injured and warily eyeing his surroundings for more mountain lions.

What a fool, he could have just as easily kept going instead of stopping to fight with the cat. The cat was lost in an urban area and defending itself.

Ice climber
hartford, ct
Feb 15, 2019 - 06:48am PT
Uh oh.... now the peta-people are going to say Skittles were found in the lions pocket and it was the jogger's fault....

This part of the article was strange
Investigators could not determine the animal's sex,

How could that possibly be?

state of being
Feb 15, 2019 - 07:01am PT
cuz it got fed on.

Social climber
The internet
Feb 15, 2019 - 09:04am PT
Yeah - that guy is roughly my size. If a ~40 lb cat was that difficult, not sure how either of us would do with a full 150 lb cat. I've seen plenty of bears, some just a few yards away, and I didn't mind, but was actually chased down a trail once by an angry grouse - freaked me out.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 15, 2019 - 09:06am PT
Dood, we get enough grousing here.
Hardman Knott

Gym climber
Mill Valley, Ca
Feb 15, 2019 - 09:42am PT
Here's what the guy looked like after his encounter with the "kitten"...

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The guy was incredibly lucky the "kitten" didn't clamp on his neck instead of his arm when it pounced.

He is a thinly built runner-type who was off on a 12 to 15 mile trail run. Check this out:


Social climber
Feb 15, 2019 - 10:51am PT
40 lbs is not a big cat. I've been attacked plenty of times by my 23 lb flame-point siamese who can be a mean SOB (he is a good kitty with a personality disorder). I'm pretty sure most human adults can fend off a 40lb anything (bear, cat, etc). But a 100 or 150 lb cat is going to shred you to pieces and eat your liver.
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