Derek Wolfe is a former defensive end who spent most of his career with the Denver Broncos.
The guy is known for taking down MASSIVE mountain lions.
The former Super Bowl champ had been hunting a mountain lion since Tuesday in Colorado, after he had gotten a call that the creature had been terrorizing a rural neighborhood in the city.
The 32-year-old said that the mountain lion had killed a woman’s two dogs, and they were “nervous what he might do next.”
So, Wolfe set out to put an end to the killings and terrorizing, and sure enough, he got the best of the ginormous mountain lion.
He explained in an Instagram post:
“Late Tuesday night I got a call from Hunt Nest to see if I wanted to stalk a giant Tom (male mountain lion) who has been wreaking havoc in a rural neighborhood. He had already killed two of her dogs and was living under her porch, nervous what he might do next.
We found a fresh 4×4 mule deer he had just killed. We hiked straight up 2500ft and down the other side, then back up again, back down the other side and then back up again to 9600ft.
Exhausted, dehydrated, cramping I drew back my Hoyt bow and sent an Sevr Broadhead through him.
Then I had to crawl backwards down the mountain with him to get him to the truck I fell 10ft off a rock face on the way down lol. Any guess how big this thing was?”
Needless to say, it was a hero move by Wolfe, because who knows what more damage the mountain lion could’ve done.
Kyle Burgess was running in Slate Canyon, Utah, when he realized that he was aggressively being tailed by a mountain lion. Quick thinking, he got big, he got loud, and did everything he could to scare the big cat, but she stayed behind him for more than six straight minutes.
She lunged at him with a terrifying false charge each time, but holy hell if that ain’t enough to make me leave the trail with some soiled shorts.
However, according to Kyle, the mother cougar was just protecting her 4 young cubs:
“I found what I thought were bobcats on the trail during a run. Turns out they were cougar cubs and their mother was not happy to see me.
She follows me for over six minutes acting very aggressively while I walk backwards up the trail.”
He eventually threw a rock at it, and it finally turned and ran away.
I don’t know how Kyle wasn’t more freaked out, but props to him for staying cool, calm and collected.
But like I always say, everybody loves nature until they come face to face with it… not for the faint of heart.
Another Utah Hiker Has Close Encounter With Mountain Lion
Welp, that will most definitely get the blood pumping.
Another hiker in Utah documented a tense situation as he was stalked by a mountain lion while exploring Broads Fork Trail.
“I was hiking Broads Fork Trail up Big Cottonwood Canyon (a trail I’ve hiked frequently) when I heard noise behind me and I saw a cougar.”
That’s about the time you shit a brick.
He adds, “I faced the cougar and proceeded to back up and try to make myself big and talk calmly to the cougar.” After watching the video, I’m not totally sure this fella got the sound “big and calm” part down, but can you blame the guy?
He detailed how the encounter ended, saying “The cougar periodically would sprint at me and hiss and show its teeth. She probably was about 10 feet away at her closest.
The encounter lasted about 5 minutes and I have about 2 minutes of it on video. Eventually, she gave up pursuing me and I made it away safely.”
“I PROMISE I’M NOT GONNA BUG YOU! I’M GOING AWAY!”
Maybe didn’t sound big and calm, but the guy didn’t get torn to pieces, so there’s a win…