Earlier this month, the internet exploded with headlines about a trail runner in Colorado who managed to kill an attacking mountain lion with his bare hands. Initially, the identity of the man wasn’t revealed alongside the story. This prompted a great deal of speculation about the sort of guy who spends his free time running through the wilderness and engaging apex predators in mortal combat.
Last week, the world learned about this man. To the surprise of many, it wasn’t Dwayne Johnson’s stunt double, but rather a 150-pound environmental consultant named Travis Kauffman. At the beginning of the press conference, even Kauffman couldn’t help but ask how many reporters present were disappointed he wasn’t Chuck Norris.
The press conference revealed other details. Kauffman was slightly more than six miles into a projected 12-15 mile run through Lory State Park and Horsetooth Mountain Park, when he heard rustling in the bushes behind him.
“I turned around and was pretty bummed out to see a mountain lion,” Kauffman said. “I threw my hands up in the air and started shouting. It lunged at me. It was going toward my face so I threw up my hands to block.”