"I didn't want to shoot it": A terrible moment in which the young hunter is alone in the forest facing a hissing mountain lion
- McKenzie, a young hunter, met a puma in the woods
- A video captured the intense battle in Gunnison, Colorado earlier this month
- After all, she has to shoot the lion in self-defense if he wants to pounce
A young huntress alone in the forest encountered a hissing mountain lion and had to shoot him when she did not deter him.
Heartbreaking footage shows the lion chasing the woman in the mountains of Gunnison, Colorado on November 1st.
The young woman, identified only as McKenzie from Duncan, South Carolina, had separated from her father on a hunting trip when she encountered the predator.
Video footage showed a young huntress named McKenzie confronting a snarling mountain lion in the woods of Gunnison, Colorado on November 1
She was following some deer tracks in a remote part of the forest when she looked up in a clearing and saw a mountain lion standing so close to her that she could see that it had blue and green eyes.
McKenzie started filming on her cell phone when she spotted the cougar growl and she hissed aggressively.
In the video she tries to intimidate the big cat by screaming, growling and waving her arms and saying, "Get out of here, get away!"
It stands there, mostly unimpressed, until she pretends to attack it and it begins to retreat into the forest.
Mckenzie explains that she tried to scare it off by yelling and waving her arms, but eventually shoots at it in self-defense when it looks ready to pounce. "I didn't mean to shoot it," she said. "It was the most beautiful creature I've ever seen up close."
However, it turns around in the shade of the trees and comes back towards them.
She throws down her cell phone and picks up her gun when the lion stands eight meters away on a log and continues to try to scare him away.
The cougar's body language only gets more threatening until it is found ready to pounce.
In the video's captions, she describes how the lion looks like he's about to attack her while he puts back his ears and flicks his tail for her to shoot in self-defense.
She shoots the lion and the lion jumps into the air and runs away.
"I had to shoot him," she says a moment later. I was afraid he would pounce on me.
“I'm shaking so much. He ran away. I don't know if he's going to die or not. I will not look for him. That was the craziest moment of my life. & # 39;
After the incident, she said she ran in the opposite direction to find her father.
They had to report the incident to the Colarado Parks and Wildlife office, which was handling the situation from here.
"The mountain lion ultimately died and I'm very sad about it," said McKenzie.
Wildlife officials said a total of 22 mountain lion attacks on humans have occurred in Colorado since 1990, including three deaths
“I wanted it to live on, so I've tried very hard to scare it off. I didn't mean to shoot it.
“It was the most beautiful creature I've ever seen up close, so I was very sad that it died in the end.
"But I'm also very, very grateful that I got through this situation."
CNN reported that since 1990, Colorado wildlife officials have reported a total of 22 mountain lion attacks on humans, including three deaths.
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