Man Cornered By Mountain Lions

By: KKTV 11 News Email
By: KKTV 11 News Email

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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  • by Anne Location: Mountain Shadows on Oct 4, 2010 at 08:49 PM
    If people would stop feeding the deer and attracting them to our neigborhoods we wouldn't have mountain lions hunting in our neighborhoods. Use common sense people. It would be helpful if the DOW would get to it and hand out some fines.
  • by anonymous on Sep 30, 2010 at 10:07 AM
    matt and mel!!!!
  • by J on Sep 30, 2010 at 10:04 AM
    well if it ainght THE matt chaparro, surprised u didnt fight them man.
  • by katie on Sep 30, 2010 at 10:02 AM
    well amy thats how it goes!!! haha, he is really cute though. thats why the lions didnt eat him!!!!!!
  • by amy on Sep 29, 2010 at 11:09 PM
    oh yes indeed he is a hottie!!! why is it always the cute ones that have bad luck??
  • by rebecca Location: colorado springs on Sep 29, 2010 at 10:19 PM
    I was there that day and Matt looked fearful. Yes, there is a curve (meaning the curve on the Glen Erie side of the tunnel as you approach it on the sidewalk) Don't be so suspicious, looking for some discrepancy. I run out there a lot and on Saturday right at that entrance to the tunnel where they were was the most atrocious smell that it almost made me gag! I knew there was probably a dead animal in the brush there because it was so rancid. Elementary-mountain lions were feeding on that dead animal when Matt happened upon them. They were hungry and they are out there. Don't be so suspicious! He was a nice guy and probably saved my skin! Thanks Matt!!!!!!!!!
  • by sara on Sep 29, 2010 at 03:44 PM
    what a hottie!!!!
  • by John Location: Fountain on Sep 29, 2010 at 10:33 AM
    Gail:...-nevermind... It's strange to me that 2 mtn lions were in the tunnel. Possibly mates I suppose. I've seen mountain lions a few times, but I've never seen more than one at the same time.
  • by anonymous Location: colo spgs on Sep 28, 2010 at 02:40 PM
    Posted by: Anonymous on Sep 28, 2010 at 02:12 AM do you happen to be a teacher at coronado highschool???? Mr.G??????????????
  • by Meg Location: Colorado Springs on Sep 28, 2010 at 12:53 PM
    I can't believe how hateful you people are - it's not uncommon to have mountain lions, bear, big horn sheep, etc. in that area - I'm sure you'd be so brave, if it happened to you. And yes, mountain lions travel in pairs - they have been seen doing just that on the Glen Eyrie property before.
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