The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department is reporting a mountain lion attack at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space on Monday, Feb. 4.
A trail runner was jogging the West Ridge Trail when he realized he was being followed. After turning around and discovering it was a mountain lion that was following him, the big cat lunged and attacked the man.
The man sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries as the juvenile lion attacked his face and wrist. In self-defense, the man was able to successfully suffocate and kill the lion, according to reports.
A local wildlife manager said that, “Mountain lion attacks are not common in Colorado.” The big cat was just following its instincts.
The lion’s body was later retrieved and taken to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife animal health lab for a necropsy.
Visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website to stay up to date as more details of the investigation unfold.