Kyle Burgess started a recording of what he thought were bobcats, but ended up being stalked for 6 minutes by a mountain lioness, he told Desert 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.
“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 the newspaper that when he returned to his car there was no sign of the mother and her cubs, and after the frightening ordeal he was unharmed.
“My emotions were a confused mess,” he says. “So it was kind of like… ‘K, well that’s two ways. What will be the result? ‘ ”
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.
- Stop. Never run away from a cougar or approach a cougar.
- Maintain eye contact with the animal
- Stand straight
- Do not crouch and do not crouch
- Make yourself look taller by raising and waving your arms or jacket over your head
- Speak firmly out loud, slowly back away and leave the area
- Pick up children and pets or keep them very close
- Fight if you are attacked! Protect your head and neck
Cougars are a protected species in Utah. They are generally shy.