Man Escapes Cougar: 'Dude, I Don't Feel Like Dying Today'

Man Escapes Cougar: 'Dude, I Don't Feel Like Dying Today'

He went for a run, and ended up running for his life.

A man adventuring through a Utah hiking trail stumbled across perhaps the worst thing you could find in the wild - a big cat predator - which tracked him for 6 terrifying minutes.

But when Burgess saw the young animals' mother come along, he knew he was in trouble.

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

After about six minutes, Burgess picked up a rock and threw it towards the cougar.

"No! No! I'm big and scary!" The footage showed the mountain lion charging towards him, and him yelling expletives as he fled to safety.

Kyle Burgess just wanted to go for a run in the mountains of Utah when he got much more than he bargained for. The Orem man hollered right back, yelling, cursing, and growling at her, backing away slowly and not turning away.

"This is scary. My heart is racing".

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"Holy cow. Yeah, not going back that way", he breathlessly declared, concluding a clip that has been viewed over 500,000 times on YouTube.

Turns out they were cougar cubs and their mother was not happy to see me.

"My emotions were a jumbled mess", he told Desert News.

Scott Root from Utah's Division of Wildlife Resources told the news outlet: "In that situation, with that mother mountain lion who's being very protective, as you can tell, I would not take my eyes off of her and I wouldn't bend down".

'No! No! Go away! He stayed large, he stayed loud and he backed away from the area for quite a while.

'I felt for sure like "this is going to hurt, this won't be fun", especially all those times where she kind of pounces at me, ' he said Monday, adding that he still can't believe it happened and keeps thinking it was a dream.

Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle.

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