Colorado Man Was “Slapped On The Head” By Mountain Lion While Relaxing In A Hot Tub



According to a report from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, a man that was soaking in an in ground hot tub with his wife was attacked this past Saturday night. The couple was visiting the area and staying in a rental home, attempting to relax in the home’s outdoor jacuzzi when the incident occurred.

The mountain lion allegedly snuck up on the couple in the hot tub and swung at the man’s head, which was protruding from the in ground hot tub. After the attack, the couple attempted to scare away the big cat by splashing water at it as well as shining a flash light in the animal’s direction.

They continued to scream to scare the mountain lion away after it had stopped again about 20 feet away from the hot tub. The rental home was in a heavily wooded area next to a steep incline, so the mountain lion most likely felt comfortable traversing the area. After a multitude of attempts to scream and scare the mountain lion away, the wild animal eventually retreated to a hilltop but continued to keep an eye on the couple.

Once it was far enough away, the couple took the opportunity to return into the safety of their rental home in order to clean the man’s head wound. They also quickly called the owner of the rental property to report what had happened, and the owner happened to be a Colorado Parks and Wildlife employee. The owner promptly contacted four agency officers who arrived on the scene swiftly.

The swipe by the mountain lion left four scratches from the top of the man’s head down towards his right ear. The couple was able to care for and treat the wound themselves and declined medical attention when the officers got to the rental property.

Sean Shepherd, a CPW wildlife manager, released a statement regarding the mountain lion attack:

“We think it’s likely the mountain lion saw the man’s head move in the darkness at ground-level but didn’t recognize the people in the hot tub. The couple did the right thing by making noise and shining a light on the lion.

Although this victim had only minor injuries, we take this incident seriously. We have alerted neighbors and posted signs warning of lion activity.”

The officers also attempted to track the mountain lion after checking in on the couple, but the harsh weather conditions did not allow for the mountain lion to leave distinct tracks.

A trap has been set in the area in hopes of catching the big cat if it were to return to the surrounding forests near the rental home in Chaffee County, Colorado.

Good luck ever enjoying a hot tub in the forest or mountains ever again.

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