A young man strangled a mountain lion on February 4th. The lion turned to be an orphaned young cougar cub, who was not starving, according to wildlife official's statements reported by Reuters. The necropsy, the animal equivalent of an autopsy, showed that the cougar was four to five months old, based on the condition of its teeth.
Travis Kauffman, 31 years old, had not only survived a rare mountain lion attack but had suffocated the cat by stepping on its throat. Parks and Wildlife spokesperson, Jason Clay, told Reuters that mountain lions normally stay with their mothers for 12 to 18 months before striking out on their own. Colorado Parks and Wildlife said, "The cause of death was determined to be ... blunt trauma and strangulation."
Kauffman recounted the tale that garnered international headlines at a news conference last week. He said he was jogging on the Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, about 65 miles (105 km) northwest of Denver, when he heard pine needles rustling and turned to see a cougar staring him down. "I was bummed out to see a mountain lion," he told reporters. The environmental consultant said he raised his arms and yelled but the cougar pounced, clamping its jaws on his right wrist and slashing his face and neck with its claws. During the three-minute struggle, Kauffman dislodged the cat by hitting it with a rock and stabbing it with sticks. Ultimately he managed to place his foot on the cat's throat until it stopped thrashing.