Travis Kauffman’s story has gone viral since he was running through the Colorado wilderness and had a full on showdown with the vicious animal.
He describes going for a hike and hearing the sound of pine needles rustling. While he usually doesn’t think much of it, he’s always worried that it could be a deadly animal.
Sadly for him, his worst fears came to life.
In seconds, the lion pounced on him and then began a three-minute battle for life.
The 31-year-old explained: “It was going up towards my face so I threw up my hands to kind of block my face, at which point it grabbed onto my hand and wrist and from there it started to claw at my face and neck.
A spokeswoman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Rebecca Ferrell, revealed examinations of the juvenile mountain lion confirmed it had been choked, and said the man did the right thing by fighting back.
“We know it sounds hard to believe, but his survival instinct kicked in and he did what he had to do.”
Here is a video of Kauffman narating his ordeal