A mountain lion attacked a runner Monday afternoon on a trail in Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
The victim was running on West Ridge Trail “when he was attacked from behind,” according to a news release.
He was able to fight off the big cat and hiked to safety, officials said. The victim was taken to a local hospital and is being treated for injuries including facial lacerations and bite wounds to his arms, legs and back.
The 2,711-acre park is west of Fort Collins in the foothills of Larimer County. It ranges in elevation from 5,430 feet to 7,255 feet and has 29 miles of recreational trails.
State and Larimer County rangers are in the area where the attack was reported and are looking for the cat.
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