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Trail runner recounts life-or-death fight with mountain lion

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — When a young mountain lion clamped its jaws onto Travis Kauffman’s wrist and clawed at his face, he screamed a “barbarian yell,” jammed his foot onto the animal’s neck and held it there until the cat quit thrashing and died.

After a couple of minutes, Kauffmann recalled Thursday, “it finally stopped moving and then the jaws opened and I was able to kind of scramble back up the hill and get the heck out of Dodge.”

Through it all, the 31-year-old trail runner said, the cat remained eerily silent.

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