VIDEO: Female Larimer County Deputy Fights Off Mountain Lion Attack
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: