A path runner who killed a younger mountain lion within the foothills west of Fort Collins final month strangled and bludgeoned the cat to dying, a necropsy confirms.
“Necropsy findings recommend blunt trauma to the pinnacle, and likewise assist the sufferer’s description of strangulation primarily based on petechial hemorrhages to larynx and trachea,” the doc launched Thursday says.
The mountain lion attacked 31-year-old long-distance runner Travis Kauffman from behind someday after midday on Feb. four on the West Ridge Trial on Horsetooth Mountain. Kauffman mentioned he picked up a big rock and pummeled the lion behind the pinnacle. He then choked the cat to dying along with his palms, arms and ft after it bit and clawed him within the face and on his physique.
The laryngeal cartilages and trachea have been coated with petechial hemorrhages, supporting a willpower of strangulation, the necropsy says. The cat’s face was stained with blood across the nostril and mouth and the pinnacle had quite a few abrasions and bruising, the necropsy says. The animal’s mind had gentle reddening. Its eyes additionally had petechial hemorrhages.
Examiners weren’t in a position to set up an actual weight for the animal as a result of scavengers ate giant parts of his physique, together with the left facet of the rib cage, the necropsy says. All thoracic and stomach viscera had been torn away. What remained of the cat’s physique weighed 24 kilos, it says. The mountain lion was between three and 4 months previous.
The necropsy confirmed that there was an abundance of dried blood within the mountain lion’s fur between the paw pads and on all 4 limbs.