Caught in a terrifying situation, a hunter had to make the unfortunate call to shoot a mountain lion after it approached him and showed no signs of backing down. The moment was captured on video as the hunter tried repeatedly to warn the animal to stay back. Luckily, the hunter had his gun ready. He did what he had to in order to save his own life and prevent a vicious attack.
The gorgeous creature was obviously young – and rather large. The man in the video is unidentified, however, he’s surrounded by a lot of trees and brush. He points his gun outward as video shows the mountain lion appearing through thick brush.
“Stay back, stay back!” the hunter yells, to no avail.
The lion appears to position itself for an attack. That’s when the hunter shoots. However, the actual shooting of the animal isn’t seen on the video.
Panning back to the animal after a shot is fired, you can see the animal fall to the ground. It very briefly twitches before going completely still.
The hunter is in disbelief at the event that just unfolded.
“I told him over and over to get back. No, don’t do it. But he reared back, and I had my Glock on him, and I was about to pull the trigger, but I was hoping he would leave, and he freaking went to pounce. Oh my God. I can’t do it. Man, I didn’t want to do it. Oh my God! You never know, guys. You never know. Always watch what you’re doing and pay attention. Watch your back. Wow. Such a pretty creature. Hate to do it. Such a pretty, pretty creature. Sorry, kitty,” he’s heard saying.
Avoiding Mountain Lion Attacks
Despite having to kill the mountain lion, the hunter would have been attacked if he wasn’t prepared. When hunting or hiking, the National Park Service recommends a number of things in order to avoid a mountain lion attack.
According to the park services, here’s what not to do if confronted with a wild mountain lion:
- Do not run from a lion. Running may stimulate a mountain lion’s instinct to chase. Instead, stand and face the animal. Make eye contact. If you have small children with you, pick them up if possible so that they don’t panic and run. Although it may be awkward, pick them up without bending over or turning away from the mountain lion.
- Do not crouch down or bend over. A human standing up is just not the right shape for a lion’s prey. Conversely, a person squatting or bending over resembles a four-legged prey animal. In mountain lion country, avoid squatting, crouching or bending over, even when picking up children.
- Do all you can to appear larger. Raise your arms. Open your jacket if you are wearing one. Again, pick up small children. Throw stones, branches, or whatever you can reach without crouching or turning your back. Wave your arms slowly and speak firmly in a loud voice. The idea is to convince the mountain lion that you are not prey and that you may be a danger to it.