Watch Woman's Close Encounter With Mountain Lion

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

The wild cat swiped at the hunter's leg before she noticed it

A woman was hunting near Utah’s Rush Valley when a mountain lion briefly attacked her. She caught the scary interaction with the wild cat on camera after the attack.  

Laurien Elsholz wrote in a Facebook post that she smelled something dead before she heard a crashing noise and felt the mountain lion grab her leg.

Fortunately, the attack only resulted in a bruise and a small cut.

"It’s one of my worst fears out in the woods. I just never thought I would ever have an encounter that close," she told FOX 13 News.

Elsholz said because of a foul stench in the area, she believes the mountain lion was feeding on something when she encountered it.

Elsholz said when she hit it with her hiking stick, the cougar backed off.

“I was terrified. I went into shock and the adrenaline was very high," Elsholz said. "I’m just happy that I made it out safe and that nothing else worse happened.”

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Elsholz was hunting a short distance from her buddies when she encountered the cat. You can hear her on video telling them that she was face to face with it.

She said the brush prevented her from backing away from the mountain lion, and she was trying to move around it without turning her back to the cat.

Elsholz said she and her friends were able to get away from the mountain lion, but it followed them for almost a mile before turning around.

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