Jogging is an increasingly popular pastime in America. It helps you stay active, allows you to experience the outdoors, and best of all is entirely free. The problem is if you live in an area inhabited by wild animals, your exercise routine might lead you right into the path of a less-than-friendly neighbor. In the case of one especially unfortunate American runner, that unfriendly neighbor just happened to be a mountain lion.
Let’s put this in perspective. A mountain lion, or cougar as it’s also known, is a big cat that can be found, in and around the west coast of the US. Now you’d think that humans coming into contact with a cougar in North America is a pretty rare thing, which is true. In fact, just 125 documented attacks have been recorded in the past 100 years, resulting in 25 deaths.
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This bad motherfucker got attacked from behind by a mountain lion while he was running and suffocated that cunt of a cat to death. I personally carry a @halffaceblades SHPOS on me when I run, and people have joked that it’s silly and unnecessary. Most of the time they’re right. I lost a dog to one of those beautiful killing machines in Colorado, and I’m not taking any chances. #respect! #teampeople
The most recent of which was a 55-year-old woman from Oregon who died in 2018 as a result of a cougar attack while out hiking. The number of deaths could have quite easily risen to 26 if the aforementioned American runner wasn’t trained in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.
While it’s probably a fair assumption that none of his training has been to simulate what to do in the event of a wild animal attack, the man managed to transfer over his skills. After being approached, and subsequently attacked, by the wild animal, the guy’s instincts kicked in and he managed to get on the cougar’s back and lock in a rear naked choke.
Now that’s a story to tell on a first date. The jogger sustained serious, but not life-threatening injuries during the attack and was rushed to intensive care on Monday. Joe Rogan has spoken on his podcast before about the danger cougars can pose while out in the wild. When he heard about the news, Rogan shared an Instagram post where he applauded the runner’s serious self-defence abilities, and remarked that he always carries a knife while out running just in case.
If anyone else is unlucky enough to find themselves in a similar situation, Mark Leslie, of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Northeast Region offered some advice. “What you want to do is convince the lion you are not prey and that you may, in fact, be a danger to the lion.” If the animal persists in its attack, the park recommends targeting the animal’s eyes and nose.