11 Exclusive: Teen Attacked By Mountain Lion

By: Rick Montanez Email
By: Rick Montanez Email

Kendra Rutter was attacked by a mountain lion when she pulled off a rural road to check on a car problem. The attack happened on County Road 51 in Divide.

The aggressive cat attacked from behind. "I didn't think I'd make it out with my life," Rutter said.

Cuts on her shoulder and leg, along with torn, blood-stained jeans are raw reminders of how close Rutter came to being killed.

She says the mountain lion was just a few feet tall, coming up to her knees. "It's a wild animal, I was in his territory, in my opinion," Rutter said.

She was coming home from babysitting just after 1 a.m. Sunday, she pulled off the road because she thought she had a flat. When she got out to check her tire the cat pounced out of the shadows.

"I turned and jumped and I got a paw in my shoulder," Rutter said.

The mountain lion knocked the teen into the street. As the cat paced back and forth, she had no other choice than to fight back. So, she kicked the mountain lion in the head.

"My knee still kinda hurts," Rutter said. “I'm pretty sure it was right behind the jaw, I waited til he was close enough to me so I wouldn't miss."

The cat ran off and Rutter got in her car and raced home. She told 11 News fighting back was pure instinct. "It's what you learn from growing up here, the animals were here first," she said.

The Division of Wildlife said this was just a minor attack. The DOW has set a trap to catch the mountain lion. If caught, it will have to be put down since it attacked a human.

The DOW recommends fighting back if you encounter a mountain lion.

Over the past decade there have been five people attacked and injured by a mountain lion.


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 13, 2012 at 10:14 AM
    Where is the picture of your shoulder?
  • by JD Location: British Columbia on Dec 26, 2011 at 06:24 PM
    I highly doubt she was "attacked by a mountain lion"....I think she cut herself.
  • by BIggie Location: Colorado on Dec 19, 2010 at 09:35 AM
    So, I find this report to be untrue and it sad cause who will have to pay the price the poor mountain lion. If This was true and you were fighting back you would have more then 4 cuts on your skin you would be torn up, mountain loins pull prey 5 times bigger then you Kendra & if you were truly attacked you wouldn't have gotten away so easily and thats that, your face and arms would have been torn up. To all that believe this its really ashame think about the details shes giving off. Think if a real lion just attack or wouldn't they go in for the kill?
  • by TDBD on Oct 27, 2010 at 10:05 AM
    TDBD keep it steezy
  • by sad on Oct 23, 2010 at 09:15 PM
    with "friends" like you i would cut myself too. I have personally known kendra since she was little she did make mistakes when she was in middle school and did love to play mind games. But i can say that she did not want to be on tv her friends mom made her do it so there was awareness go look at the kktv facebook and you will see who posted the story kendra didn't so stop. Also this girl has been through alot if you were not there how do you know what has and hasnt happened. Here family and I are close and i know that she would not make something like this up. I think you guys should stop and think about if you were in her shoes would you really want to be bullied and treated like this. Kendra is a sweet young woman and has made it far for her age. Unless you hang out with her now and have really had a heart to heart with her you would know how much she has changed. Also the cops were involved she would get arrested and charged with false reporting if she was lying shes not that dumb
  • by Skeptic Location: Divide, CO on Oct 23, 2010 at 08:44 PM
    To "A friend": I never said wild animals aren't in this area. I live in Divide not far from where she was "attacked". I know Mountain Lions live around here, but that in itself doesn't prove she was attacked. Following another's comment that she said she was "stabbed by a 'Mexican'"...that's like you guys saying, "Sure, I believe her! I've seen a Mexican so that must PROVE that she was stabbed by one!" That makes NO sense and your logic is flawed. And Kendra, you say you're tired of defending yourself but yet here you are. If you TRULY didn't care, you wouldn't be here. Why should you care what we're saying anyway? You clearly just want more attention and I'm sorry to say that I've given it to you. I just wanted to point out all the flaws in this story and hope that there are other smart people out there who can see this for what it really is: a pathetic display to get on television. Good job fooling the masses, but I won't be swayed.
  • by Bullying Location: Colorado on Oct 23, 2010 at 06:14 PM
    No wonder Teen Suicide Rates are UP. Yall should be ASHAMED of yourseves.
  • by A friend Location: Texas on Oct 23, 2010 at 06:00 PM
    I have lived in Kendras area for 9 years until I just recently moved to Texas and you would not believe the kinds of animals that would travel through Cripple Creek, bears, mountian lions... so her being attacked is not that unbelievable. So for those skeptics and nonbelievers please leave her be she is a good person just trying to make people aware of the dangers around their area!! Until you actual live there you have no room to talk.
  • by Wow. Location: Colorado on Oct 23, 2010 at 01:31 PM
    Seriously? If these cuts were "so deep" then how could you POSSIBLY be up and walking around and re-enacting everything that supposedly happened? And I highly doubt you could roundhouse kick a mountain lion while it's attacking you.
  • by Childhood Acquaintance on Oct 23, 2010 at 01:12 PM
    I have known this girl since elementary school and I am ashamed to say that we were once friends. She is obviously making this attack up and soaking up the attention. First, I have seen real attack wounds from a mountain lion and they are much less uniform and exact. The edges are more jagged on a real mountain lion attack wound because of the ripping caused from the claws. The edges of her wounds are smooth and more consistent with a cutting instrument like a razor blade or knife. Second, this is coming from a girl who used to tell everyone she was abused, who put makeup on to look like a black eye and bruises that were clearly fake and has been seeking this type of attention since the 6th grade. All of you who believe this story are truly gullible and I pity you. This whole thing is pathetic.
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