Mountain lion attacks man outside home in southwest Colorado

March 3, 2022 GMT

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Wildlife officials in southwest Colorado are looking for a mountain lion that attacked a man outside of his home on Sunday.

Michael Warren, 47, was in his home west of Lebanon when his dogs started barking aggressively and he heard a thud on his front porch, The Durango Herald reported Thursday. He went outside to investigate and immediately felt something grab his leg.

Warren said he saw a mountain lion run away, and footage from a security camera later confirmed the sighting. He sustained several puncture wounds to his lower leg but refused medical treatment when he called police to report the attack.

Matt Sturdevant, a district wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said the agency used hound dogs to search for the mountain lion, but the scent had faded. A trap with a piece of road-kill deer was set up at the site, and the mountain lion will likely be euthanized if it is captured because it attacked a human.

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“Judging by the tracks we found and the footage we have along with the victim’s statement, we believe it is a young, sub-adult lion,” Sturdevant said. “We also believe it is the same lion that had been hanging out in the area for a bit.”

Warren had four domestic cats, two of which recently went missing.

Sunday’s encounter was the first reported mountain lion attack of a human in Colorado since March 11, 2020, and the first attack in southwest Colorado since 2008. Three people have been killed in mountain lion attacks in Colorado since 1990.