Video Shows Man Being Stalked by Mountain Lion for 6 Minutes


A man running along a canyon path ended up being stalked by a cougar for several minutes in a frightening encounter that he captured on video.

After she makes a lunge for him, Burgess appears to try bargaining with the cougar, telling her: "OK, this is when I f***ing die". The footage showed the mountain lion charging towards him, and him yelling expletives as he fled to safety.

'No! No! Go away!

"I didn't really know what kind of cubs they were or what animal they were".

At certain times, the mountain lion lunged at Burgess.

'Once I did realize what they were, I was like, that's mom right there.

"Dude, you're scary!" Burgess tells the animal at one point, adding: "You're a ******* scary kitty cat". I'm screwed, ' he told Fox 13.

In the moment, Burgess explained, he was struck by how "beautiful" the mother cougar was, but how "scary" it was to be followed, sensing she wanted to attack.

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Burgess is clearly terrified in the video.

"Come on dude, I don't feel like dying today".

Eventually, Burgess lobs a rock at the mountain lion, and she turns tail and runs back to her cubs.

"My adrenaline was pumping so much", Burgess later told NBC Salt Late City affiliate KSL.

Officials with Utah's Division of Wildlife Resources said that Burgess handled the terrifying situation well and did everything right.

"I found what I thought were bobcats on the trail during a run", Burgess wrote on YouTube.

Throughout the video, he remains big and makes loud noises in an effort to deter the predator. "I think he did everything really well", said Scott Root, DWR's conservation outreach manager for central Utah.