Mountain Lion Attack stopped in the deer woods...close call!

Westdreamer

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My daughter and I were hunting in CO 2 weeks ago for second rifle season. While I was down in a canyon quartering my elk, she was up on top, deer hunting the last day of season. While moving through some thick timber between two areas of interest, she came up on a lion in a small opening (16 yards) that was not afraid of people or backing down. She did all the right things trying to scare it off, but it came at her, closing the distance to 8 yards and preparing to pounce when she finally was forced to defend herself. Amazingly, she caught most of the encounter on video and audio. The Game and Fish officials said that there has been more aggressive mountain lion encounters lately. Aggressive encounters are rare, but if anyone is hunting in lion or bear country, be aware of the precautions you can take and the right responses for the different animals and be sure to educate your kids about the topic. I'm sure glad I did. This encounter could have ended much worse.
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elk guide 45

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Wow. That's amazing! I've been guiding hunters for 35+ years and only got to see 1 lion for a split second. I've seen quite a few we treed with the dogs tho. Very impressive young lady! Did everything right. I just sent this to my daughter thanks for posting this.
 

MajorSpittle

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Wow, brave girl you got there. I have watched a mountain lion clear 20yrd and jump on the roof of a house in the blink of an eye (maybe 3 or 4 bounds and on the roof).

I am a good size man and I would have shot it the second I made eye contact with it because it is most certainly stalking you if it doesn't run when you make eye contact.

Best way to protect against mountain lion is to get a tag for one...... you never see them when hunting for one.
 

Pmacc60

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Your daughter is an amazing young lady, I know how proud you must be. She showed a incredible amount of coolness and maturity in handling such a dangerous situation . She is so young and she was so cool under pressure , thinking and making so many quick and great decisions in such a short moment. Wow I’m overwhelmed at how your daughter handle that, she is the best kind of person ! Someone we can all use as a example ! What a great story , congratulations on raising such an amazing kid!
 

Sockeye66

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My teenage daughter and my wife watched the video with me, we all agree God is good all the time. Also, thanks to your daughter for mentioning to keep enjoying the outdoors because my daughter and I will be going out for deer this week, with a greater amount of awareness.
 
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It's a reminder that humans are not on top the food chain! I try to tell people about this and they scoff at the idea that you should carry a personal sidearm for protection when hiking or enjoying the outdoors. I love animals as much as the next person and unless I was specifically hunting for it I would prefer not to have to kill or injure one. That said if I have to choose between myself and the cougar or bear or whatever I am going to choose me every time!!!!!!
 
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