Angry Mother Mountain Lion Charges Utah Hiker

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

The cat followed Kyle Burgess down a trail for six minutes while lunging and hissing at him

A Utah hiker was lucky to escape unharmed after a mountain lion followed and charged at him for several minutes after he happened upon her and her two cubs on a trail. 

Kyle Burgess, 26, recorded the harrowing six-minute encounter, which took place in Slate Canyon. 

“You see the two cubs and one kind of runs off, but then I didn’t notice mom was right there and that’s when I knew it was not a good situation to be in,” he told CBS News.  

In addition to numerous expletives, Burgess made loud noises, yelled, and slowly backed away as the cat closely followed him.

“Go away!” he said. “Please, go away. I’m big and scary.” 

When the mountain lion charged at him with her claws out, Burgess exclaimed, “Dude, I don’t feel like dying today. Go with your babies.” 

Eventually, Burgess picked up a rock and threw it at the cat, causing it to run off.

“It was just like, it’s over,” he said. “Those six minutes were so long for me.”

Kate Remsen, with the Living with Lions organization, said the mountain lion was not stalking Burgess but pushing him away from her cubs. She said he handled the situation well and did many of the things recommended during a mountain lion encounter. 

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