A Colorado runner was badly injured in his face, legs and arms after being attacked by a mountain lion while he was in a trail run. The animal was killed in the fight.
The incident occurred when the athlete who was running alone at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space near Fort Collins was attacked from the back by the animal. The spokeswoman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife Rebecca Ferrell said that the wounded man fought for himself in order to save his life. He then fled the area and headed to a nearby hospital.
He sustained many serious wounds including lacerations to his body. His identity has not be released.
The Colorado manager Mark Leslie claimed: "The runner did everything he could to save his life. In the event of a lion attack you need to do anything in your power to fight back."