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
Read more transcripts from Face the Nation here. JOHN DICKERSON: It's Sunday, November 4th. I am John Dickerson and this is FACE THE NATION. With just two more days until the crucial midterm elections, we are in CBS News election headquarters in New York. OPRAH WINFREY: You get a vote. And you get a vote. And you get a vote. CROWD (in unison): You get a vote. And you get a vote. And you get a vote. JOHN DICKERSON: Candidates are relying on star power in the final push till Election Day. (Man performing) JOHN DICKERSON: The most visible reality star isn't on the ballot but is campaigning like he is. According to the White House, President Trump will have campaigned in fifty-three rallies in twenty-three states by Election Day for Republican candidates. WOMAN: We need people to get off the sidelines. We need people who are with us and with this President. JOHN DICKERSON: Republican candidates are embracing the President and the strong economy, but … [Read more...] about Full transcript: “Face the Nation” on November 4, 2018