Man speaks out after killing lion with bare hands

A runner identified as, Travis Kauffman, who killed a mountain lion with his bare hands, has finally spoken out about the incredible ordeal.

Man speaks out after killing lion with bare hands lailasnews

31-year-old Travis Kauffman describes going for a hike and hearing the sound of pine needles rustling, then within seconds the lion pounced on him and then began a three-minute battle for life. He said;

It was going up towards my face so I threw up my hands to kind of block my face, at which point it grabbed onto my hand and wrist and from there it started to claw at my face and neck.

“And that’s when kind of my fear response turned into more of a fight response.

“Because I’m a recent cat owner, I know that the back claws are pretty dangerous when it comes down to an attack. And I was pretty worried about its claws just sinking into my my stomach and groin area.

“I was able to shift my weight and get a foot on its neck…I stepped on its neck with my right foot and just slowly after a few minutes I thought I would be getting close and then it would start thrashing again and I had a few more scratches that resulted from those thrashes at that point, and I’d say another couple minutes later it finally stopped moving.

A spokeswoman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Rebecca Ferrell, revealed examinations of the juvenile mountain lion confirmed it had been choked, and said the man did the right thing by fighting back. Ferrell said:

“It’s definitely not something you hear every day.

“We know it sounds hard to believe, but his survival instinct kicked in and he did what he had to do.”


  1. Congratulation i think God has given you the power to conquer,
    You are just like David in the Bible who Killed Lion with his bare hands

  2. Well I think you were able to do this with all the knowledge you know bout cats before then…. Congrats

  3. Wow u re really a strong man nt everyone in ur shoes would have done wat u did, it was nt easy bt tank God u survived it and live to tell d story dis is d samson of our tym

  4. Way to go man. This is survival of the fittest and sure thing you are the fittest. Congratulations sir.

  5. A very brave man. I am really happy for him. He risked his life to save many who could have been attacked by the lion. Lions should be kept in zoos and safe places away from the general environment.

  6. It doesn’t matter how you killed the lion, the most important thing is that you survived. Thank God for that.

  7. He got lucky. He’s a survivor. Please don’t try to do this. I’m sure he never planned it and doesn’t wish for a recurrence.

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