THIS is the terrifying moment a mountain lion bursts out of nowhere and chases a man as he goes hiking.
In the short clip, the animal emerges from the bushes and rushes towards an unsuspecting hiker.
Its tanned coat expertly camouflaged the big cat from its surroundings in the hills near Los Angeles, California, where the terrifying encounter took place.
The video opens with the man walking across the top of the hill towards the lake below.
Suddenly, he turned around and saw the mountain lion just 10 feet away from him.
“Oh the ***!” The man screamed when he saw the animal, backing away as the lion ran.
After a few seconds of sprinting, the man turned and roared twice loudly at the lion to scare it away.
The animal then hid again in the bushes, where it disappeared from view.
It comes a few months after a brave mother battled a mountain lion when it attacked her son.
The boy was playing near his home in Calabasas, California when the giant 65-pound monster lunged at him and dragged him “about 45 yards” through their garden, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. and California Wildlife.
Spokesman Patrick Foy said: “The real hero of this story is his mother because she absolutely saved her son’s life.”
The parents immediately took their son to the hospital, while a wildlife officer was dispatched to the scene to track down the animal.
“Once at home, the officer spotted a mountain lion crouching in the bushes, putting his ears back and hissing at him,” Foy continued.
He said she heard a commotion outside and ran out of the house, where she began “punching and attacking the mountain lion with her bare hands,” pulling it away from her son.
“Due to its behavior and proximity to the attack, the manager believed it could have been an attacking lion and in the interest of public safety shot it dead on the spot.”
The boy suffered severe head and upper body injuries, but is in stable condition at a Los Angeles hospital following the attack.
Another mountain lion discovered nearby was rested and released unharmed after authorities examined it to make sure it was not the animal involved in the attack.
In a more recent attack in California, a mountain lion broke into a family home and nearly ate a pet dog at the Painted Cave community in Santa Barbara County.
According to Noozhawk, the animal smashed through a window at Ted Adams’ home and tried to grab his sister’s pet, Buddy.
Buddy’s owners heard loud barking downstairs, followed by “a terrible crash,” Ted said.
“The French door down there was completely blown open, and there was a hole there.
“We realized that the lion had come in, grabbed the dog and left.”
But they quickly discovered the big cat had not yet come out of the house, and was “bouncing the wall” trying to escape with a terrified Buddy still in its mouth.
They sprayed the lion twice with bear spray and flung open the doors of France before it fled.
Mountain lions can grow up to 90cm tall and reach speeds of 80km/h.
Native to the Americas, they are increasingly coming into contact with humans as we encroach on their territory through population expansion.
In 1920 there were an estimated 600 mountain lions, and in 1990 it was considered a “special protected mammal”, making it illegal to kill or injure them.
Currently, an estimated 4,000 to 6,000 people live in the state.
In California since 1986, there have been 12 mountain lion attacks on humans, including 3 deaths.
Lions can attack people if they feel cornered, or if a person running away stimulates their chase instinct or if they feel cornered.
Making eye contact with an animal, making loud noises, or fighting back can often frighten them.
In October 2019, a California man was jailed after fatally shooting a mountain lion in the Santa Susana Mountains.
Alfredo Gonzalez, 60, pleaded guilty to unlawfully killing a protected animal and vandalizing its track collar.
He was sentenced to 30 days in prison and also ordered to pay restitution after shooting the animal in the head in July of that year.
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