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Utah hiker chased by cougar in terrifying 6-minute video – and he behaved just right

ELIAS MARAT writes

A man in Utah faced a terrifying ordeal after stumbling into a mountain lion family, only for the mother cougar to stalk him for six minutes as he captured the terrifying scene on video.

Kyle Burgess, 26, was running near his home along the Slate Canyon trail near Provo when he encountered a group of wild kittens, reports Deseret News.

Believing that these were bobcat cubs – a common sight in the area – Burgess began recording the small creatures. Moments later, their mother appeared and he realized that these were mountain lion cubs and their extremely protective mother.

Burgess was then thrust into possibly the scariest moment of his life as the mature female mountain lion began to charge at him.

His fear was obvious based on the audio from the scary encounter, where he can be heard screaming at the mountain lion as it stalked him through the tree-lined, rocky path.

“No! No! I’m big and scary! Go away!” Burgess yelled.

“You’re good!” Burgess continued as she continued following him. “You’re good little kitty cat. … Nice and slow. Come on.”

Three minutes into the ordeal, the cougar began growing more aggressive as it began hissing, growling and lunging at Burgess, swishing her tail and flashing her teeth menacingly.

“OK, this is when I f**king die,” he says. “Come on, dude. I don’t feel like dying today.”

Burgess then began screaming back, cursing and growing at the creature while continuing to slowly back away as he continued to face the big cat.

“This is scary, my heart is racing,” Burgess said.

After about 6 minutes of being chased by the cougar, Burgess quickly kneeled down to grab a rock and toss it directly at her, causing the large cat to quickly turn tail and run back to her cubs.

Despite the gut-wrenching emotions Burgess felt, he was also awestruck by how “beautiful” the over-protective mother was despite being powerful and “scary.”

Fortunately, the young hiker managed to escape without so much a scratch from the aggressive cougar.

“Wow, that just happened,” Burgess remembered thinking after the cat escaped. “Honestly right now it still feels like a dream.”

“My emotions were a jumbled mess,” he continued. “So it was kind of like … ‘K, well this is going one of two ways. What’s the outcome going to be?’”

Burgess has now been thrust in the position of being the subject of viral attention after his six-minute video went live on Instagram and quickly spread across social media platforms.

Predictably, social media users have assailed the young man for intruding on the cougars home or yelling at the large cat. However, knowledgeable hikers and outdoorspeople have hailed his actions as an exemplary way of responding to the threat.

Scott Root, a conservation outreach manager for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, said Burgess’ actions were awesome. The official met Burgess on Monday as DWR officers arrived in the area to locate the mountain lions, who appear to have moved on.

“He backed away. He didn’t go toward the mountain lion or her kittens. He made a lot of noise,” Root said. “He stayed large, he stayed loud and he backed away from the area for quite a while. I think he did everything really well.”

If anything, hikers might want to carry bear spray and bring a friend for similar trail runs. Burgess did well otherwise, Root said.

“In that situation, with that mother mountain lion who’s being very protective, as you can tell, I would not take my eyes off of her and I wouldn’t bend down,” he added. “You want to remain large and you want to remain making a lot of noise. And that’s what he did.”

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  1. So you are suggesting that using a public loo will not be nice from saturday night. What with the greens losing their shit and Cindy screaming shit and their supporters having the shits it just might be safer to stay home.

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  2. Whilst we’re on the subject of shit & its distribution, who remembers ‘The Night of the King’s Castration’?

    ……”the King in exasperation exclaimed, “Oh, shit!”; and all 50,000 remaining loyal courtiers dropped their drawers and squatted on their haunches and strained and grunted in unison, for in those days the King’s word was law and the King ruled with an iron hand.

    “Stop!” cried the Queen, thinking of the royal carpet. The King called “Halt!” and 49,999 loyal butt-holes snapped shut with a stately click, and 49,999 glistening turds were nipped, gently steaming in the morning air, all save for that of Daniel, who proceeded to lay one two cubits wide by one cubit high by three cubits long. “…….

    http://ingeb.org/Lieder/thenight.html

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  3. No self respecting moutain lion would ever eat a greenie.
    Even dead they rot.

    funny story, We had a chicken farmer in this village once upon a day. He was a greenie type.
    Went and died he did and he had insisted that he had a natural burial in a cardboard casket.
    3 or 4 days and it was not a good experience for many
    true story.

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