Colorado runner describes terrifying mountain lion attack

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COLORADO (NBC News) — A Colorado man who survived a mountain lion attack by killing the animal with his bare hands is talking about the terrifying encounter for the first time.

Travis Kauffman, an avid trail runner, was attacked last week while on a trail near Fort Collins. 

“I stopped and threw my hands up into the air and started shouting,” he recalls. “It just kind of kept running and lunged at me. It was going towards my face, so I threw up my hands to kind of block my face, at which point it grabbed onto my hand and wrist and from there it started to claw at my face and neck.”

After several severe scratches and puncture wounds, Kauffman was able to pin the lion and suffocate it.

Then, he had to run three miles to find help.

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