A Utah man filmed the horrific six minutes of being followed and attacked by a cougar after accidentally getting too close to their cubs while hiking on Saturday.
Kyle Burgess, 26, had returned from a trail run in Slate Canyon near Provo at around 5 p.m. when he spotted the boys in front of him, according to KSL.com.
Within seconds her mother appeared and began a tense encounter as she hissed and growled Burgess as she pushed him back the way.
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A puma chased hiker Kyle Burgess for a terrible six minutes on Saturday afternoon
On several occasions, the puma jumped forward to push Burgess back
"Really, I didn't know what they were, and I usually pull my phone out like, 'Oh cool animals," he said.
“When I realized what they were, I thought that's mom right there. I suck, ”he told Fox 13.
Burgess had started filming when the mother arrived and continued recording as she approached and he began to pull away.
In the six-minute clip posted on Instagram, a scared Burgess swears and yells at the cougar to scare him.
Despite his panic, he remembered slowly pulling back, trying to make himself as tall as possible.
The puma was only a few meters away when it jumped its claws towards him about three minutes later.
& # 39; No! No! Go away! Please go away! & # 39; Burgess yells as the animal falls.
Come on dude! I don't feel like dying today! & # 39; he adds.
Burgess said he had previously seen YouTube videos of the reaction in such a situation and tried several times to grab something to throw, but the cougar jumped forward every time it tried.
Burgess was finally able to reach down and grab a rock to throw at the cougar and let him run back to his cubs.
"So yeah, that just happened … holy cow. Yeah, not back, ”Burgess says at the end of the video, showing his trembling hand as he sits on the floor to relax.
He stayed there for half an hour before calming down enough to make the two-mile journey down the canyon.
Kyle Burgess, 26, had returned from a trail run in Slate Canyon near Provo at around 5 p.m. when he spotted the boys in front of him. The mother appeared within seconds
Burgess shared the horrific video on Instagram on Sunday
He sat on the path for 30 minutes as he recovered from the shock
Burgess said he still can't believe it happened and that it was "a very long 6 minutes".
"I certainly felt that 'this is going to hurt, this won't be fun', especially in all the times when she pounces on me," he said on Monday, adding that he still doesn't believe it may it happened and keep i thought it was a dream.
"It was a very long 6 minutes."
Burgess also reported the sighting to the Utah Wildlife Resources Department, but two state conservation officers failed to find the puma and its cubs when they checked the area on Sunday.
"It's a great reminder that we're not alone out there," said Scott Root, the department's outreach manager, adding that the video was "alarming" and "a scary video to watch."
She wanted to make sure he wasn't a threat. She let him know very well that you need to get out of here, and he did, ”he said.
Root believes Burgess handled the situation in the best possible way.
He didn't turn around and ran, which was the right thing. He made a lot of noise; He didn't duck or do anything to shrink. We want to appear big, so he basically did great, ”he said.
"I really admire that he did everything right."