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When I hunted Elk near Coalville in Utah there was plenty of Lion tracks in the snow
Spent a lot of time hiking the Rockies. I also carried a firearm. This is the behavior of a cat scaring someone off of a kill, or scaring a threat away from its den. Not that it’s not still a butt puckering experience, and I may well have shot it out of fear. My point is, the one that kills you, you will never see. This cat is a professional ambush predator. Folks have no idea how many they simply walk by in those mountains.
No one with a modicum of sense would believe this cat wanted this hunter for dinner . Cause if she did he would be in a fight for his life .
These cats are Apex predators . She wanted him to see her to run him off .
Obvious she was. Ot sick or hurt . I hunted on the Western Slope . I saw Bear , Big Cat and other tracks many attacks on humans occur when
encroaching on their homes , food or young .
When out in the bush watch for tracks , stay alert
and DO NOT wear perfume , cologne or bath oils
that is a critter magnet . Oh and carry a gun or get killed .
Didn’t check it’s pronouns. What a maniac!
About a month ago I let my dog out to do his business before bed, about midnight. I always go outside with him, never by himself. About 1/2 way thru him relieving himself he stopped and growled and the hair on his neck was standing up. He was looking at the end of my driveway, I followed his gaze with my flashlight and lit up a large cougar and it started to run unbelievably fast at a right angle away from us. He like just glided over my field. It was cool to watch him running and seeing him at full speed.
I don’t hunt them because people hunt them here with dogs and then shoot them when the dogs tree them. Same as the black bears.
One of their (cougars) favorite foods is house/barn cats. The cougar will kill them quick with one bite to their head crushing their skull. They will keep returning as long as you have cats outside your house. Here they seem to be very wary of attacking humans, but will try to get in quick and get your smaller dog or cat before you react. They will run past you for a quick meal. They do attack horses and cattle from time to time but if they do they are immeadiatly tracked and killed.
But a cougar will kill only what he needs to eat, and will feed on a deer for several days before killing again unless it’s protecting the cubs, his kill or his territory. He has his uses and unless becomes a nuisance predator on your livestock a lot of people won’t hunt them. I have a bobcat I see occasionally on my property as well, they are cool to watch. Not nearly as big as the cougar. He’s watched me a couple of times before slinking away.
Wolves are much much worse, they do kill for sport as well as to eat, they kill because they enjoy it and many times won’t even finish their kill before they go kill again. We have a wolf problem with big Canadian ones that were imported by environmentalists in the 90’s. They are treacherous and cunning and have really decimated the elk population where I live. They are quickly killed on sight by many hunters or ranchers if they have a shot. Wolves will come in close if they hear a dog barking, they hate dogs. But they are scared of humans and will keep their distance from you and run away from you big time if they smell or see you.
2 words…range practice.
No, the headline is quite misleading. An elk hunter knows the patterns of a mountain lion and his surrounding. And if an elk hunter had the time to both have a handgun AND a camera on the cat, he would have not just held his ground but approached the cat aggressively. And put it down with one shot if it posed a threat. This cat did approach because it saw no deterrent. I can say this as I’ve experienced it with my wife. In the mountains here in Montana hiking to a high country lake. Turned the corner on the path and there was one beautiful mountain lion 40’ away. Stopped, grabbed my sidearm and watched him and he watched me. Saw how he was tracking the folks in front of us from where he joined the trail and knew he was ahead, somewhere. He looked at me as my wife hadn’t yet turned the path, we paused, she caught up and he casually went up the mountain off the path. Needless to say my wife didn’t lag behind anymore and we both knew for the next couple of miles he was watching so I kept the pistol in my hand. Made camp and had a bear sniff around the tent that night. Which was pretty cool to see his silhouette against the side of tent from the moonlight. Yeah, gun ready but really no threat, just sniffing around.
Very cool but the guy who recorded this video was no hunter nor understood the nature around him. A city hiker trying to hunt at best.
When I was in high school, I was staying at this girl’s house I was dating in Colbran, CO. We got awoken by a mountain lion trying to get in through the sliding glass door. Definitely a freaky encounter.
A lot of folks will eat the meat of the cougar – no joke. Should have not backed up but started going right at the cougar. It would’ve either ran, or started to attack.
Even a medium caliber handgun will take down a cougar at close quarters. Rather face off a cougar any day of the week than a large bear.
A bear – thats a completely different story.
Surprisingly, cougar meat tastes a lot like roast from a cow. It is very tasty.
Did he miss both shots? What is it about these mountain lions? It’s not like they eat people. Why do they stalk and kill ? Are they just protecting their territory?
They do eat people. Dumbass.
They will, usually they are sick or really hungry. They definitely have an advantage over a child or smaller person. I certainly don’t care to tangle with one, I have cone face to face with one , walked around the corner of the house, he was chilling by the garage door. We stared at one another a few seconds, then he jumped up and ran up the hill. My Adrenal kicked in as he ran off, I think we surprised one another.
He didnt stand his ground. Of course the thing was approaching. A big can of bear spray is better option..in the woods or at home.
this guy is a D ICK. If you draw your weapon, shoot to end the threat. Now this cat knows he can approach and attack another human and all that they are going to hear is a loud bang and nothing else. The next human will be attacked and eaten because of this worthless POS D ICK.
Sure, he didn’t just miss and had limited rounds?
If he were hunting elk he would have had a rifle as well. Maybe he should have started following the cat and see how it liked it. Of course I always carry 50 handgun rounds in magazines on the belt. No sense in going light.
He might have been bow hunting and had no rifle.
Not many bow hunters go after elk, too big.
I would start throwing gang signs at it. Cats hate that.
So if a big cat attacks and you drop it, can you keep it to stuff?
I would have to mount that bad boy and put in on display at home.
lol down voting, seriously?
Good grief, you have a right to defend yourself if a large apex attacks.
Apex predator. (Having an edit feature on here would be nice)
You 3 get a room!
Idiots own Glocks !! he sucks at his aim stand tall and take it out i love cats though, 1911 😉
Easy to say until you think you are about to be eaten, then shit gets shaky.
its true, the guy was an idiot. By not shooting to kill that cat, now the animal knows humans are no threat except a loud bang and nothing else. WTF is the problem? you have a weapon drawn with plenty of time for a broadside shot. BTW appears he is alone…. why would you hunt alone in an area with cats and maybe bears. The guy was an idiot.
Looked like the dude was a bad shot. I don’t believe he intended to miss. Just my thought.
Would have been easier to shoot if he didn’t try filming it oar the same time.
Absolutely. He got a shot of the cat stalking him. He should have dropped that phone long before the cat charged and gotten a good grip on his weapon.
He’s either a good marksmen and aimed a little high or the adrenaline saved the cat from catching a bullet.
Kitty was convinced – not worth trying its luck.
The guy is an idiot. This has probably happened to plenty of people and they just shoot the cat and forget it. That’s what I would do.
yup… Montana Rachers vs wolves… Shoot – Shovel – Shutup !
I read them tracking collars on critters stop transmitting when buried 6 ft in a dirt hole.
Ever dug a 6 ft deep hole in hard ground? Maybe if the guy was riding a backhoe.
And the electronic signal stops at the grave . . .
That’s why I carry hand grenades when hunting.
I call them anchors when out fishing.
so, you’re not allowed to shot the mountain lion to save your life? I guess he do what John Belushi did in Continental Divide and kick it in the gonads.
Sure you are. In most mountain states you need a lion tag. But you can defend yourself
I would have just shot the thing and never told anyone about it. What if he had tripped backing up? I think the hunter got lucky.
Love the sound of gunfire!
He’s a real poor shot. And too dumb for letting it go. It’s going to kill a lot if elk. I’d have put that thing over a fire pit for dinner anf tanned the hide
No one eats mountain lion. It tastes like shit. Funny that you don’t know this.
Maybe you just ate a bad one?
2200 N Columbine Ct
I’ve never tasted shit.
Actually a lot of folks do eat cougar/ mountain lion. And bear too. People like them here where I live.
You don’t eat apex predators.
Inuits eat Polar Bear and Whales
Greenland and Japan will consume Killer Whales
African Tribes eat all and any meat that is left by trophy hunters to include Lions, all Big Cats, Crocodiles, hippos, anything that runs, swims of flys
Still are man eaters Cannibals in the Australian bush and remote Brazil and Africa
and of course the Chinese will eat ANYTHING including dog, venomous snakes, bear gallbladder and Tiger Penis, birds of prey, insects…ANYTHING dead or alive.
Wrong. People eat cougar and bear here when they shoot them. I don’t know anyone who eats a wolf though, although if you were starving bet you’d think you were eating beef…
If you happen to be unarmed and encounter a mountain lion, best thing to do is crouch down, interlock fingers over back of neck, tuck head between knees, and kiss your ass goodbye.
Without the video, he’s a criminal.
Not in Texas, they are a non-game animal and can be taken at any time by any legal means.
The cat only wanted to invite him to dinner.
You spend time with some abusive cat who says, ‘baby, I didn’t mean it,’ expect to be stalked.
So busy filming for Instagram you walk backwards right into Sasquatch
Elk hunter? Where was the long gun ? To busy trying to be a youtube star will get you wasted.
You being serious right now? Surely you’re joking. Sure is hard to shoot an animal from 10 yards with a scop. Trying to aim while walking probably won’t work out too well. I always carry a pistol whe I’m hunting because we have a hog problem and those bastards will take you out. Sure the hell not going to hit a charging animal with a long gun
If it’s all you got you better, I think they call it “close quarter combat”
He had some balls to video while backing off with a pistol.
He was starting his pouncing charge. Without that gun the hunter would’ve had his throat and guts ripped out. Pants crapping time for sure.
The mountain loin was hunting too!
In all seriousness, be a man first. Kill it. Then take a photo.
Don’t record your “cuck gets lucky in the woods” f up.
He probably didn’t want to get arrested by fish and wildlife and charged by liberals in both courts.
Guy seemed petrified. Oh well, thanks for sharing.
But he had time to film it all….millennials
I carried a pistol while elk hunting, but only if I was blindsided by a large predator making the rifle useless. This is the second video were the person chose filming over there own safety.
Only once was I uncomfortable. A bear cub came right up on us. Between 5 and 10 feet. Did I or my hunting partner even take a photograph. Nope! I said “shit, where’s mom” clicked off the safety and started looking around. Beautiful little bear, that we could not see or could not see us due to the curve of the slope. Little guy was following some horseman that we hoped would drive an elk toward us. It would have been nice to have had a photo, but our safety took president.
I had filled in the spot of a hunter who a couple of years before came face to face with a mountain lion. Guess what that idiot did. He threw his rifle at the big cat. Then refused to retrieve it. The other hunters back tracked his trail in the snow to get the rifle for him. After getting the rifle, they followed the cats tracks back some distance and noticed the cat was tracking that hunter for quite some distance before the two met. He refused to go back to the area again. He also became a joke and cautionary tale for throwing his rifle at the cat that was stalking him.
I heard a big cat one night in tree by chicken coop while walking dog. He growled a warning that made German Shepherd run straight to back door and I didn’t dawdle either! It is a sound you don’t question or forget.
I once saw a presentation that documented the incredible range of mountain lions. They put radio collars on several, and some moved thousands of miles.
Isn’t this from months ago?
No, it’s not the same guy and the same mountain lion.
They’ve been known to hunt in pairs occasionally… Hunter was lucky it wasn’t a planned attack with another one sneaking up behind him.
Drop the camera and use BOTH hands on the pistol and don’t back up blindly. IF he was elk hunting then he had a rifle with him, use that on the cat.
Might have been an archer. Lots of possibilities really.
He was elk hunting. Where was his long gun?
He had to drop it so he could hold his phone, obviously. 🙂
Where was his long gun? You don’t hunt elk with a pistol!
Was wondering myself.
Probably on hi shoulder. After all isn’t it more important these days to get YouTube likes rather than life?
But you carry a pistol when you’re bow hunting elk…. By the looks of the weather, this is what he was hunting with. However, when I want to shoot something, I put down my phone so I can actually aim and hit it…
An arrow will stop a big cat. Where was the bow.
Hand gun is a much better choice for an animal that’s potentially about to charge, even over a rifle. Most people who go hunting in areas where there are bears and such always carry a sidearm for this reason.
after he runs 700 yards and bleeds out.
200-250 gr @2800 fps will flip a cat because the flip elk. not many, “missed that one”
bow hunters stick too many that they never find. dear bow hunters, rifle hunters find your elk/deer a few weeks later after they’ve limped around for weeks and die.
You must have heard of a sling. Was on his back.
Wow, great reflex!
Who..the cat? lol
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My mountain lion encounter last year. We live on the end of a road in the mountains. Over the last few years, several dogs in the region have been killed by cougars. One friend of mine came home the year before to find pieces of his border collie on his porch, the dog was dragged up into the woods and eaten. Another neighbor friend had several of her cats killed with a cougar coming up on her porch to get them while she was in the house.
Anyway, late one afternoon we get a call from our immediate neighbor a few hundred yards down the road. She tells my wife that glancing out her window, a large cougar was walking up the middle of the road in broad daylight toward our place. I hear all this on speaker phone, shuffle on a coat, grab the wife’s .308 leaning in the corner, whisk inside the 2 dogs who were sleeping on the porch, jack a round, and slowly head down the road on a fresh inch of snow. Halfway to my neighbors, I come to a set of large cat tracks that take an abrupt 90 degree turn into the trees, I follow. Wasn’t long before it entered into an impenetrable large hawthorn thicket. I give up and decide to wander over to a small meadow that overlooks the narrow valley below. With a great view, I watch silently for 10 minutes or so just to see if I could get a glimpse of the cat crossing the road below or in one of the many openings down there. Nothing, just quiet, oh well.
Thinking to myself that this was an acclimated cat and probably the pet killer, but in retrospect I’m not sure what I was expecting or planning to do, Anyway, I swing around to head back to the warm house. My eye catches him immediately as I rotate. There 12 yards behind me in a crouch, looking ready to spring, is a huge cat. I still see the piercing eyes in my mind’s eye. Didn’t take me half a second to put the cross-hairs on center mass an squeeze. And that was that. You don’t bullshit around when it’s that close.
Good job !!! That is not something to fck around with….
in what state are you where people are this clueless?
Only ever saw one of these all my years hunting. I was on a stump watching the opposite hillside. My dad and brother were doing a sweep to push the herd across. It appeared in front of them, moving lazily along. It would jump up on a log and watch then mosey along a bit then watch some more. It eventually wandered out of site. Gorgeous animal, but I was grateful it was an entire canyon away and we never saw a single deer that run lol
Alligators can move over land, lightening fast over short distances, far too fast for you to run away. Humans did not become dominant from our speed or claws or teeth but from our ability to invent weapons and use them.
In Colorado people, love to hike, and cougars get used to seeing people and grow bolder. You will see warning signs at Garden of the gods and other parks, when they start getting frisky.
He probably has a GoPro on his person.
Why not use both hands to aim with then?
Sometimes the hunter, becomes the hunted.
A hunter I knew said “you better be filming if you shoot a mountain lion or they are coming after you if you can’t prove your life was in danger.”
That’s why he was filming.
How many times do you have to miss before your firearm is empty?
My suggestion is – Do not miss.
If I was in his shoes I would use both hands while aiming that handgun.
That animal will attack the next person that is not prepared or armed to protect themselves.
Just kicking the can down the road to the next victim.
Hopefully not anyone he knows.
Shoot the cat! Worry about the leeches being supported by the taxpayer later! Hitting an animal with a pistol is not that easy and you must do what you have to do. In my country you have the right to defend yourself!
I walked to my deer stand on a dirt road in the dark, on the way out there were big cat tracks on every one of my footprints. Never saw a deer that morning.
like others have already said:
drop the camera to drop the mountain lion
That is how I met my wife and why I am researching her medicare benefits just before my 58th birthday…
I love the Mountain West!
Big Cats are expert at stealth . They are usually night hunters . This one wanted to be seen .
The Hunter Probably got to close to her off spring or her fresh kill .
Or Steve French has tasted people before and gotten away with it. Humans are high in fats and kitties need fat in the winter.
He’s protecting Conky
Pop off a round or 2 to try to scare it. Then when he did shoot the lion didn’t seem to care. I love mtn lions but I’d hose one in a NY second for that!
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