In Fort Collins, Colorado, a necropsy of the mountain lion killed by a Colorado runner with his bare hands, was only a three to four-months-old male kitten.
According to Newsweek, Travis Kauffman had been attacked in Fort Collins on February 4 while running on a trail on Horsetooth Mountain. The young cat lunged at him, and although Kauffman stated he tried to push the animal off of him, the young mountain lion wouldn’t stop its attack. Kauffman stated he was forced to wrestle the animal down and step on its throat to kill it.
Kauffman needed 19 stitches on his face, six stitches on his nose and three stitches on his wrist where the lion’s mouth took hold. He also suffered several puncture wounds and has since mostly recovered from the attack.
The necrospy report supported Kauffman’s story and the cause of death has been “determined to be multi-factorial including blunt trauma and strangulation.” The Colorado Parks and Wildlife veterinarians said the cat weighed between 35 and 40 pounds at the time of the attack, but by the time of the necropsy, the remains were only 24 pounds because it had been partially eaten – most likely by its two surviving siblings who have since been trapped and sent to a rehabilitation center before being released back into the wild.
Officials have found no evidence of the mother lion, and therefore think the kittens had been abandoned. The lion killed by Kauffman “was hungry but not starving” and “rabies testing was negative.”
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