Jogger describes life-or-death battle with mountain lion

Travis Kauffman fought off a mountain lion that attacked him during a run on Feb. 4; he defended himself and ultimately killed the predator by suffocating it.
1:07 | 02/15/19

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Next, the young jogger in his own words tonight, surviving, when he fought off a mountain lion. Here's ABC's Clayton Sandell. Reporter: Travis Kaufman says it was his first time running this trail near ft. Collins, Colorado, and it was almost his last. I turned around and just was pretty bummed out to see a mountain lion chasing me. So, I stopped and I threw my hands up in the air and I started shouting. At which point, it grabbed onto my hand and wrist. Reporter: With his one free hand, the 31-year-old desperately fights the mountain lion with a large rock. I had a hard time swinging it, with my arm in the cat's jaws. And at that point, I stepped on it, on its neck with my right foot. Reporter: Kaufman ended up with nearly 30 stitches, bite wounds and a reputation worthy of chuck Norris. One of my coworkers, her first reaction when she found out it was Travis was, you got to lock that down. Reporter: Mountain lion attacks are so rare here in Colorado that Kaufman says he may start playing the lottery. David? Clayton, thank you.

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