A man who was attacked by a mountain lion while running on a park trail in northern Colorado fought back and killed the animal by suffocating it.
The trail runner, which was not mentioned, sustained serious injuries after being bitten on his face and wrist by the young male lion, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials.
He turned around after he had heard a sound behind him, just as the lion jumped out and he was able to break free and killed the lion in self-defense, officials say.
The cat died of asphyxiation, state officials have determined.
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The attack happened on the West Ridge Trail at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space near Fort Collins on Monday, confirmed the CPW.
"The lion rushed on the runner and bit his face and wrist, he was able to fight and free himself from the lion and kill the lion in self-defense."
After he had killed the predator, the man could leave the park independently and call for help.
The man was taken to hospital with serious injuries, but it is expected that he has fully recovered.
In a statement, officials described the wounds on his face, wrist, arms, legs, and back as "serious, but not life-threatening."
"The runner has done everything to save his life," said Mark Leslie, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Northeast Region manager.
"In the case of a lion attack, you must do everything to fight back just like this gentleman," he added.