Man Cornered By Mountain Lions

By: KKTV 11 News Email
By: KKTV 11 News Email
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It was a close call with wild animals Monday afternoon. Matt Chaparro said he was cornered by two mountain lions on the west side of Colorado Springs.

The incident happened just after 2:00 p.m. at a tunnel on 30th street near Garden of the Gods. Chaparro told 11 News he started walking down the pathway to a trail, when he was cornered by the two mountain lions in the tunnel, and they were just as unhappy to see him as he was, them, "oh they were just mad, you could tell they weren't happy at all, their fur was standing up a little bit".

Chaparro said the mountain lions kept their eyes on him, as he stayed still and tried to keep calm until his eventual chance to escape.

Michael Seraphin with the Division of Wildlife said Chaparro did the right thing by not turning and running away. Seraphin says if you ever come across a mountain lion, the worst thing you could do is turn and run, because the cats might give chase. Seraphin says the best thing to do is talk loudly, but not aggressively, and slowly back away.

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