“Get out! I’m big and scary!” Burgess says between blasphemers. “What’s up dude? Nice and slow.”
The excited cat then continues to follow Burgess for the next six minutes, while Burgess screams and growls at the animal.
Throughout the video, Burgess never turns her back on the animal as she continues to pounce and hiss. Finally, he throws a stone at the mountain lion and she runs away, leaving him relieved.
“Wow, it just happened,” Burgess told the camera when he finally managed to relax. “I’m actually a little calm. Yeah, I’m not coming back that way.”
Burgess told the paper that when he returned to his car, there was no sign of his mother or children, and he was unharmed after the ordeal.
“My emotions were a mess,” he said. “So it was kind of like …” K, well, it goes one of two ways. What will be the result? “
The publication offers the following suggestions if you happen to have such a meeting.
- Stop yourself. Never run away from the cougar or approach the cougar.
- Keep eye contact with the animal
- He stood tall
- Do not squat and do not squat
- Make yourself look bigger by raising and waving your arms or jacket over your head
- Speak loudly, step back slowly and leave the area
- Take children and pets or keep them very close
- Stop by if you are attacked! Protect your head and neck
Cougars are a protected species in Utah. They are usually shy.