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A Colorado man killed a cougar with his bare hands Monday after being attacked on a trail.

Man kills cougar with his bare hands

A trail runner in Colorado was taking a jog Monday afternoon when he heard something behind him. The man looked back — and a mountain lion pounced. It's the last person that cougar will ever attack.

According to police, the man smothered the cat with his bare hands in spite of being severely injured during the fight.The life-or-death drama unfolded on the West Ridge Trail at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space outside of Fort Collins, according to a press release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

“The lion lunged at the runner, biting his face and wrist,” Colorado wildlife officials wrote.

In fear for his life, the man fought back. He didn’t have any weapons, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Northeast Region confirmed on Twitter.

The runner broke free from the mountain lion and defended himself, “resulting in the death of the juvenile mountain lion,” the release states.

The runner suffocated the mountain lion, according to the department.

“He was able to choke it, which is very incredible,” said Rebecca Ferrell with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

“The runner did everything he could to save his life,” said Mark Leslie, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Northeast Region manager. “In the event of a lion attack you need to do anything in your power to fight back just as this gentleman did.”

After the attack, the man “hiked himself out to safety” and took himself to a local hospital, the department said.

“The victim survived the attack and is currently undergoing medical treatment at a local hospital,” the department said Monday evening.

When wildlife officers went to search the trail, they found the dead cougar within several feet of the man’s belongings, the release states.

“Mountain lion attacks are not common in Colorado, and it is unfortunate that the lion’s hunting instincts were triggered by the runner,” Ty Petersburg, area wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said in the release. “This could have had a very different outcome.”

If you encounter a mountain lion, here’s what Colorado Parks and Wildlife recommends:

“Stop or back away slowly, if you can do it safely. Running may stimulate a lion’s instinct to chase and attack. Face the lion and stand upright.”

Try to seem larger, like by raising your hands up or opening your jacket.

“If the lion behaves aggressively, throw stones, branches or whatever you can get your hands on without crouching down or turning your back. Fight back if a lion attacks you. Lions have been driven away by prey that fights back.”

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