If a mountain lion confronts you and you brandish a weak branch and throw a pebble and yell, a weak mountain lion might back away. No guns, no explosives. If you have some “teeth and claws” with you, you’re not an easy mark. I don’t particularly want to argue the morality of fighting back or the necessity of fighting back, so I just included a suggestion, that if you’re going to scare off a cougar by brandishing a stick or throwing a rock (which is the advice that the park rangers give you), carry some good rocks and sticks with you. When I link to products I only earn commissions if someone buys and keeps the product. amzn_assoc_region = "US"; Check out our entire suite of free newsletters here. Mountain lions can weigh up to 230lb, and are far stronger than a human of similar size. “He remembered reading about the situation in Washington, where two friends were out mountain biking when they were attacked by a mountain lion.” She says he’d read advice online “and followed every piece of advice exactly.”. The mountain lion managed to bite his face and wrist before the runner was able to break free. That’s what you need if you want to kill something. You are now subscribed to Indefinitely Wild Copyrighted Content: re: Colorado man kills mountain lion with bare hands Posted by Funky Tide 8 on 2/5/19 at 10:42 am to jeffsdad I want to get a look at this warrior(no homo.) You’d still have to throw hard and hit the target to make an impression, but hey, if all you’re going to do is throw rocks and yell, golf balls are the best rocks you’ll find. How a Man Killed a Mountain Lion with His Bare Hands. With today’s short and dull knives you can stab repeatedly and might even poke the heart without doing real damage to it. Find more newsletters on our, our entire suite of free newsletters here. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; Barehanded, that’s your only chance. Find more newsletters on our newsletter sign-up page. Against a mountain lion you’ll need at least a six-inch blade if you know what you’re doing and you’re strong. Choking anything isn’t really easy. If you’ve come to the festival with the right equipment, you’re much more likely to go home the winner. She’s lucky the blade didn’t just bend. Actually poking is better than swinging so I wouldn’t personally carry the collapsible sort. Ferrell explained that there were two main factors in the runner’s ability to survive the attack: The age of the animal and the runner's preparedness. That was the lady with the bread knife, twelve inches long. Top is a functional skean dubh, good for all sorts of camp work. Personally, I’d never carry them. The trail runner who made headlines nationwide after killing a mountain lion with his bare hands has revealed himself to be 31-year-old Travis Kauffman from Colorado.. Kauffman told reporters at a press conference on Thursday that he moved to Fort Collins from Arkansas about five years ago, and has enjoyed getting into outdoor activities like mountain biking and skiing. https://twitter.com/CPW_NE/status/1092794804658876417, Even a very young, very small mountain lion must have made a fierce opponent. This is how he did that. So he used rocks to pound at the mountain lion before he was able to get his hands around its throat. I’ve seen this demonstrated many times in films of other indigenous hunters working with “primitive” weapons. Honestly, probably not. It’s an irritation, but unless you’re unusually strong it’s not lethal against something like a big cat. Bring the tools to the ready, and tell the kitty, bring it on. But here was the official report from Colorado Parks and Wildlife: “The victim of the attack described hearing something behind him on the trail and was attacked by a mountain lion as he turned around to investigate.