Travis Kauffman recounts encounter that left the cat dead and him with 28 stitches and a reputation for bravery

When a young mountain lion clamped its jaws onto the wrist of a Colorado trail runner and clawed at his face, Travis Kauffman screamed out a “barbarian yell,” and jammed his right foot onto the animal’s neck, holding it there until he ultimately prevailed in a fight for survival.

After a couple of minutes, Kauffmann recalled Thursday, “it finally stopped moving and then the jaws opened and I was able to kind of scramble back up the hill and get the heck out of Dodge.”

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