Also known as pumas, cougars, or panthers, mountain lions are large, carnivorous cats native to the Americas. Their range spans from Canada to South America.
Known for their sleek, but powerful bodies, mountain lions operate with a deadly combo of stealth and agility. They are highly adaptable and can inhabit a variety of habitats, including forests, grasslands, deserts, and mountains.
Mountain lions are solitary and elusive creatures, known for their stealthy hunting skills. They primarily hunt deer but can also prey on smaller mammals like rabbits, rodents, and occasionally livestock. Ambush predators by nature, they rely on their powerful leaping ability to pounce on prey from a hidden position.
Mountain lions are generally shy and tend to avoid humans. However, there have been instances of attacks on humans, especially when the animal feels threatened or cornered.
However rarely, they can just be downright aggressive.
We all saw the terrifying footage of a Utah hiker get stalked by a mountain lion for over 6 minutes while jogging in Slate Canyon.
After a few false charges, she eventually scurried off back into the woods, but for this young hunter in Colorado, her encounter was far more frightening.
While hunting alone in the mountains near Gunnison, Colorado, this young hunter came face to face with an aggressive mountain lion.
And while she did everything she could to try and scare it away, the mountain lion had already made up its mind. It was kill or be killed…
Here’s the full story according to the hunter, herself:
“I was hunting alone in the mountains of Gunnison, Colorado when I looked up and saw the cougar standing right in front of me. I took a picture and started the video on my phone, then tried to scare it away by yelling and waving my arms.
The cougar didn’t react at first, but did finally start running off to the right. Then, when it got into the shadows, it turned and started coming toward me. I threw my phone down, took a few steps backward, and got my gun ready to shoot.
The cougar stopped on the log 8 yards in front of me, growling and hissing. I continued trying to scare it away, but its body language only became more threatening, until it appeared ready to pounce.
So I shot it, and it ran away. Then I went and found my dad to tell him what happened.”
She managed to capture the entire encounter on video… well, except for the part when had to drop her phone and shoot before the danger kitty pounced on her.
She also followed the footage up with a lengthy explanation of what happened, what was going through her mind in the moment, and what she did after.
Of course, we all remember this nightmare video as well…