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Incredible Footage of Utah Hiker’s Terrifying Mountain Lion Encounter

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Image by Kyle Burgess via Youtube

What happens when you get too close to a mountain lion encounter? A Utah hiker named Kyle Burgess found out in a harrowing way. His experience, captured on his cell phone, provides a stark reminder of the unpredictable nature of wildlife encounters. 

The Encounter Begins

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Image by Kyle Burgess via Youtube

Kyle Burgess was hiking near his home in Slate Canyon, south of Salt Lake City, when he had a mountain lion encounter with its cubs. It was a typical hike until he saw the cubs and realized their mother was nearby. As the mountain lion ran toward him, he knew he was in trouble. Burgess instinctively began to back away, keeping his eyes on the lion.

A Tense Standoff

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Image by Kyle Burgess via Youtube

For six nerve-wracking minutes, Burgess tried to intimidate the mountain lion by making loud noises and appearing larger. The mountain lion followed him, lunging, hissing and baring its teeth several times. Burgess admits he had no idea what he was doing; it was all improvisation. Despite the fear, he kept filming – capturing the intense standoff.

Expert Advice

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Image by Kyle Burgess via Youtube

Kate Remsen from the Living with Lions project explains that Burgess did many things right. He made himself look big, made loud noises, and slowly backed away. Remsen notes that mountain lions usually do not attack humans unless they feel threatened or need to protect their cubs. In this case, the mother lion was trying to push Burgess away from her young.

Relief and Reflection

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Image by Kyle Burgess via Youtube

Burgess’s rock throw, which startled the mountain lion, caused it to flee. Thus ending the encounter. Evidently his voice carried a tangible sense of relief upon realizing the danger had passed. When Burgess thought back on the ordeal, he remarked on how long those six minutes felt and how relieved he was to have survived.

The Video

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Utah hiker captures terrifying experience running into a mountain lion and cubs, Source: CBS Mornings

Wrapping Up with the Incredible Footage of Utah Hiker’s Terrifying Mountain Lion Encounter

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Kyle Burgess’s terrifying encounter with a mountain lion reminds me to always treat nature with respect. Never should you ever underestimate her. Always be aware of your surroundings when in the wilderness.

What do mountain lions eat?

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Cougars are incredibly skilled predators, capable of silently stalking and ambushing their prey with precision.

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Mountain lions are carnivores. They primarily hunt deer but will also eat smaller animals like rabbits, birds and even livestock if they come across them. Moreover their diet can vary depending on the region they inhabit.

Where do mountain lions live?

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Mountain lions are adaptable and live in various habitats. They can be found in forests, deserts, mountains and even wetlands. Evidently they require large territories to hunt and find mates.

How big are mountain lions?

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Mountain lions are large cats, with males typically weighing between 120 to 220 pounds and females between 64 to 140 pounds. They are about 3 to 8 feet long, including their tails.

Are mountain lions dangerous to humans?

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Generally mountain lions are elusive and avoid humans. However, they can be dangerous if threatened or if they feel their young are at risk. Attacks on humans are rare but can happen.

How do mountain lions hunt?

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Mountain lions are solitary hunters. They rely on stealth and strength, stalking their prey before pouncing. Generally they go for the neck to deliver a fatal bite, using their strong jaws.

Do mountain lions have any predators?

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Cougar (Puma concolor), also commonly known as the mountain lion, puma, panther, or catamount. is the greatest of any large wild terrestrial mammal in the western hemisphere. Image via Depositphotos

Adult mountain lions have few natural predators, but they can be threatened by other large animals – bears or wolves. Human activities, such as hunting and habitat destruction, pose significant threats.

How do mountain lions communicate?

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Mountain lions communicate through vocalizations, scent markings and body language. They can hiss, growl, purr and scream. Evidently they use scent marks to establish territory and signal their presence to others.

What is the lifespan of a mountain lion?

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In the wild, mountain lions typically live between 8 to 13 years. In captivity they can live longer, sometimes reaching up to 20 years due to the absence of threats and regular food supply.

How do mountain lions raise their young?

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Female mountain lions give birth to litters of 1 to 6 cubs. The mother raises them alone, teaching them to hunt and survive. Cubs stay with their mother for about 1 to 2 years before going off on their own.

Are mountain lions and cougars the same?

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Yes, mountain lions and cougars are the same species. Generally also known as pumas, panthers and catamounts. This is depending on the region. All these names refer to the same animal, Puma concolor.

How do mountain lions adapt to their environment?


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Mountain lions are highly adaptable. They have powerful limbs for jumping and climbing, keen eyesight for hunting at dawn and dusk and a strong sense of smell to track prey. Evidently their coat color helps them blend into various environments.

What are the main threats to mountain lions?

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North American cougar (Puma concolor couguar) in Glacier National Park in the U.S. state of Montana. National Park Service, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The main threats to mountain lions include habitat loss, human-wildlife conflicts and hunting. Moreover as human populations expand, mountain lions face challenges finding suitable territory and prey. Thus leading to increased encounters with people.

How do mountain lions mark their territory?

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Puma down the trunk of a tree in the forest. Image via Depositphotos

Mountain lions mark their territory using scent markings, which include urine, feces and scratches on trees. Consequently these markings serve to warn other mountain lions of their presence and to reduce direct conflicts.

Can mountain lions swim?

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Portrait of Beautiful Puma. Cougar, mountain lion, puma, panther, striking pose, scene in the woods, wildlife America. Image via Depositphotos

Yes, mountain lions can swim if necessary. While they generally avoid water, they are capable swimmers and will cross rivers or streams. Especially if it’s required to reach prey or new territory.

How do mountain lions impact their ecosystem?

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Portrait of Beautiful Puma. Cougar, mountain lion, isolated on black backgrounds. Via Depositphotos

As apex predators, mountain lions are essential to their ecosystem. They support the management of herbivore populations (such as deer) which supports the preservation of the equilibrium of plant communities. Their existence encourages biodiversity.

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