Travis Kauffman, the man who strangled a mountain lion to death after being attacked, had a press conference in which he recounted his ordeal.
Kauffman, 31, said that having a cat, which he's only had for around six months, helped him when he was attacked by a mountain lion while running at the West Ridge Trail at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space. He said that when he plays with his cat, it will get down on its back and will “just kind of go crazy with his back legs and start scratching,” the New York Times reports. Kauffman said that this information “was definitely a good thing to know.”
Kauffman, after a struggle with the animal, was able to fight off the mountain lion by choking it to death.
"It was just pure adrenaline," Kauffman said about that attack, which occurred on Feb. 4 near Fort Collins, Colorado. "There was a certain point where I just kind of imagined being stuck on this hillside and eventually just having a cat gnaw at me, which is a creepy way to go. But, for the most part, the adrenaline just kept kicking in at those moments."
Kauffman had to get multiple stitches on his face. He also suffered other injuries to his neck and legs.