A JOGGER who survived a mountain lion attack earlier this month has revealed that he battered the jungle cat with a rock and choked it to death during a 10-minute “wrestling match”. Travis Kauffman, 31, told a local radio station on Thursday that he saw the beast during his run down a trail on February 4 in Colorado. Kauffmann said: "It finally stopped moving and then the jaws opened and I was able to kind of scramble back up the hill and get the heck out of Dodge." Through it all, the 31-year-old trail runner said, the cat remained eerily silent. It was the first time Kauffman publicly recounted the ordeal that left him with 28 stitches and a reputation for toughness and bravery. He said: "I will never be able to live up to the reputation. The story is bigger than my puny form." Kauffman said he was running a trail in the mountains west of Fort Collins, Colorado, when he heard pine needles rustle behind him. He turned to see the mountain lion about 10 feet away. "One of my … [Read more...] about Jogger reveals he battered mountain lion with a rock then choked it to death during 10-minute life-or-death ‘wrestling match’ when beast attacked him on trail
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A Colorado trail runner who survived a mountain lion attack by suffocating the animal said on Thursday that the encounter that has made him the stuff of legend was "a fight for survival." "One of the thoughts that I was having was: ’Well this would be a pretty crappy way to die’," Travis Kauffman told reporters in his first public comments about the February 4 attack. "It very much turned into just a full-on fight for survival," added the 31-year-old who had to have more than two dozen stitches to close wounds on his cheeks and nose. Kauffman said he had gone out for a run when he was ambushed by the 80-pound (36-kilogram) cat. "I heard some pine needles rustling behind me and I stopped and turned," he recalled. Kauffman, who is of slight build, said he felt his heart sink as he processed the situation and raised his hands and began screaming to try and scare the animal as it rushed toward him. "Unfortunately, it kept running and then it eventually just lunged at me … [Read more...] about Colorado jogger who choked mountain lion to death recounts ‘fight for survival’
Erin Udell Fort Collins Coloradoan Published 12:46 AM EST Feb 8, 2019 He was a law student, a former social worker and suicide hotline volunteer. He had a girlfriend, political aspirations and — as the newspapers would later say — "a winning smile." And from 1974 to 1978, wherever Ted Bundy went, women disappeared. Like a phantom, he slipped through sorority rows, preyed outside of schoolyards and ski resorts, and proved that you don’t really know the person next to you. But could Bundy — and his reputation as one of the country's most depraved killers — have been stopped cold in Colorado? Two days into a week-and-a-half ski trip, Caryn Campbell left her fiance in the lobby of their Snowmass, Colorado, hotel, boarded an elevator and was last seen walking toward her second-floor room in search of a magazine. She didn't come back, and a few hours later, around 10:30 p.m., her … [Read more...] about Ted Bundy: Could his spree have ended in Colorado?
A Colorado jogger has strangled a juvenile mountain lion in the foothills of Horsetooth Mountain northwest of Denver, acting in self-defence after the predator attacked him, authorities say. The man, who was not identified, survived the life-and-death struggle in the Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, a mountain park less than 110 km from Denver, officials said. Mountain lion enters house, kills pet cat Foolish safari tourist pets lion's head through car window Lions, tigers and a jaguar escape zoo enclosures The man was running on a trail when the juvenile cougar attacked him from behind, biting and clawing his face, back, legs and arms, state and local officials said in a joint statement late on Monday. During the struggle, the man strangled the wild animal with his bare hands, Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Rebecca Ferrell said by phone on Tuesday. "There was some wrestling going on and the cat did latch onto his arm but he was able to choke it," she said. The size of the … [Read more...] about Colorado runner strangles mountain lion after it attacks him
Christopher Steiner Special to USA TODAY Published 8:05 PM EST Jan 21, 2019 Some say that selecting the best ski resort is a subjective mission, one that should be left to travelers themselves. We recognize the spirit of that sentiment. Our simple counter: skiers and snowboarders need to start somewhere. Consider the top 10 (plus 1 more) ski resorts laid out here to be the best places to look at first when planning a ski vacation. This is the top group according to a scoring system unique to USA TODAY, put together by ZRankings, a site that guides skiers to the right resort at the right time of the season according to snowfall history, data and expert opinions. The rankings here weigh things like town scene, variance of terrain, lodging base, and snow quality, using both hard data and inputs from ZRankings’ network of experts. Scores are then ranked by a metric called PAF (Pure Awesomeness Factor). This winter has brought skiers the best weather in at least 15 … [Read more...] about Top ski resorts in North America: Exclusive rankings