Hiker in Utah stalked by cougar for 6 minutes as he slowly backed up


A runner from Utah got more than he bargained for when he met a cougar mom and her cubs on a track.

Kyle Burgess started a recording of what he thought were bobcats, but ended up being stalked for six minutes by a mountain lioness, he told Deseret News.

Her video shows Burgess walking towards little cats on the Slate Canyon trailhead near Provo, then out of nowhere Mom runs up. Burgess gives him a few choice words, then starts walking in the opposite direction, growling and yelling at the big cat in the hopes of scaring him off.

” Go away! I am tall and scary! Burgess said between curses. ” What’s up dude? Nice and slow. ”

The agitated cat then continues to follow Burgess for the next six minutes, while Burgess howls and growls at the animal.

“OK, that’s when I die (swear by),” he said. “Come on, man. I don’t want to die today. ”

Throughout the video, Burgess never turns the animal’s back away as she continues to pounce and hiss at herself. Finally, he throws a stone at the mountain lion and she runs away, leaving him relieved in the clear.

“Wow, that just happened,” Burgess said into the camera when he could finally relax. “I’m a bit calm actually. Yeah, I’m not coming back that way. ”

Burgess told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that he never felt like running because he wanted to keep his eyes on the cougar all the time.

“I felt like if I had done something earlier, she would have felt like I was attacking her baby cubs and it would have ended in a very different way,” he said.

“Did you want to project your strength? Cooper asked.

“Oh definitely! Burgess said. “I had my phone in one hand and my other hand in the air, trying to look as big as possible. I’m not the tallest person… so that cougar could knock me down in the blink of an eye. ”

The Utah Division of Wildlife posted the video on its Facebook page with a warning, “Utah is cougar country! ”

The post offered the following suggestions if you had your own meeting.

  1. Stop. Never run away from a cougar or approach a cougar.

  2. Maintain eye contact with the animal

  3. Stand straight

  4. Do not crouch and do not crouch

  5. Make yourself look taller by raising and waving your arms or jacket over your head

  6. Speak firmly out loud, slowly back away and leave the area

  7. Pick up children and pets or keep them very close

  8. Fight if you are attacked! Protect your head and neck

Cougars are a protected species in Utah. They are generally shy.


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