VIDEO: Female Larimer County Deputy Fights Off Mountain Lion Attack

Holly Matkin

A mountain lion attacked a civilian and a Larimer County sheriff's deputy on Tuesday afternoon.

Loveland, CO – A female Larimer County sheriff’s deputy and a civilian were attacked by a mountain lion near a Larimer County RV park on Tuesday afternoon (video below).

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers and Larimer County sheriff’s deputies responded to the 2100-block of River Rim Road at approximately 1:55 p.m., after they received a report that a mountain lion had injured a civilian, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) spokesperson David Moore told the Loveland Reporter-Herald.

When the officers attempted to surround the enormous cat, it went after one of the female deputies.

Witness Gregory Scot Paul recorded a portion of the encounter from inside a nearby camper, according to the Loveland Reporter-Herald.

The video showed the wild cat as it pounced on the deputy and wrestled with her on the ground.

Another deputy attempted to distract the mountain lion by kicking it in the rear end.

The cat appeared to have the side of the deputy’s head in its jaws as it leaped over her and turned to face the second deputy, the video showed.

The female deputy fought against the attack, raising her arm to block another incoming lunge.

Additional officers rushed in with firearms as the mountain lion bounded out of the camera’s view.

Paul said that the deputy likely saved herself by raising her arm at the perfect moment, according to the Loveland Reporter-Herald.

“My heart goes out to her,” he said. “If she hadn’t put her arm up, it would probably would have gotten to her neck.”

The deputy and civilian were rushed to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, KDVR reported.

The injured mountain lion was fatally shot by a Colorado Parks and Wildlife game warden in front of a residence on Black Crow Lane shortly before 2:30 p.m., according to the Loveland Reporter-Herald.

You can watch cell phone footage of the terrifying attack in the video below:

Comments (41)
RetCanMilSpouse
RetCanMilSpouse

So glad they're okay. Also glad the big cat was put down. It could no longer be near mankind. If it would have gone after a child, we would be reading a very different report today.

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Big_Tex
Big_Tex

Should've had her gun out...smh!

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Was she gonna pet it? Why no gun drawn when she got out of car? She would have had it been. Human

bryantrent
bryantrent

Glad she is okay

Sargejh
Sargejh

All you arm chairs quarterbacks are full of shit. Don’t have a fucking clue what happened based on a 4 second video. STF up! 🙄

Janken
Janken

Those mountain lions can kill. I just wonder if it was
Sick. Most who attacke are sick

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Two cats in Calif were eating on a dead hiker when other hikers scared them off! Hunted em down and killed em!

Sgt BB
Sgt BB

I'm curious why the headline and article keep referring to the deputy as "female deputy." What does her sex have to do with anything. I've never seem them write "male deputy."

pixiepup
pixiepup

I’m glad they r not hurt too bad but they surrounded a mountain lion? Very strange. That’s not going to stop it!

Justiceforallalways
Justiceforallalways

Best thing if encountering a Mountain Line is a 40mm less lethal. If it has attacked a human .00 buck works better. Surrounding a Mountain Lion? Pure insanity! Whomever came up with this plan should be terminated.

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

Daaaaaaaamn!

Jakepierce26
Jakepierce26

Should have shot it from a hundred yards away, us know pioneers might have been way less technologically advanced, but they sure did have waaay more smarts.

Big_Tex
Big_Tex

Don't judge!!!
She's a hero because women can do anything a man can do and she didn't need to kill the animal just because it pounced on her. Is THAT what they teach in LE Academy nowadays!? Outrageous.

But hey all you sheeple out there give up your guns because government will protect you. We have trained LEO's with guns that have background checks and stuff...yeah ok.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

The Mountain Lion has tested positive for rabies.

Thoughts and prayers to the deputy, Hope she does not get it.

007karley
007karley

'wondered if that were the case.


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