Transcript for Hiker speaks out after wild cougar video
Back now with a hiker's a close encounter with a cougar on the trail. You see it there. Kyle burgess is now describing the close call and will reeve here with the details. Good morning, will. Reporter: Hey, George, I'm going to take about 15 to 20 seconds to set up this two-minute story. Altogether that's not even half the time Kyle burgess spent avoiding this cougar and he filmed the whole thing. No. Reporter: For six heart-pumping minutes hiker Kyle burgess came face-to-face with a cougar in slate canyon, Utah, pulling out his phone and recording as the cougar gets uncomfortably close. She got within four feet of I don't feel like dying Reporter: He says he went out for an early evening jog on a trail he's visited often. He pulled out his tone to take a video when he came across what he thought were wild kittens. That's when he noticed the cougar lurking behind and he started backing away. I came up on the cubs and that's when I obviously pulled out my phone to take pictures of the wildlife. Once I realized it was a mountain lion and she started chasing after me -- No. Get away. Reporter: The big C following. Then lunging when burgess briefly turned his back. After several tense minutes burgess throws a rock at the cougar who dodges it and finally flees. Yeah, get away from me. Reporter: Experts say if you encounter a wild an million like a mountain lion make a lot of noise to scare the animal off. Try to make yourself look bigger and the number one pick, don't turn away and walk backwards Turn around and he backed up slowly. He tried to make himself look large. He made loud sounds, listen, cat, I'm here. Reporter: Even though the cougar looked terrifying on camera, ex-our expert says she was not a real danger. Go away. Go away. Go get your babies. This cougar was defending her cubs. That was it. There was a threat to her cubs, she challenged him to back up because she wanted to eat this guy or attack this guy, she would have. Yeah, so that just happened. Wow. Reporter: When the cougar left, burgess wasn't out of the woods yet. Literally he wait there had for 30 minutes before hiking back down and he says that the next time he's going to go hiking anywhere is today, guys. Okay. Good for him. Back out there, will.
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