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Biker alone in wilderness comes face to face with mountain lion
The mountain lion's growls were chilling.
Rachel Shapiro
07.27.21

A cyclist named Chris loves going on mountain biking adventures. But one trip took a twist he never could have expected. While mountain biking in Fernie, British Columbia, he got an up-close encounter with nature.

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As he was cycling, he saw a mountain lion approaching him.

At first, he noticed the lion and remained quiet, just describing his special encounter on camera, but then the lion noticed it was being stared at and it started walking towards him.

“There is a mountain lion,” he says, “scratching in the grass.” Later on he admits, “This is really freaky!”

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When the man realizes that the cougar is coming towards him, he starts to get really scared.

The viewers of the video initially cannot see the cougar clearly, since it’s at a distance and it’s also “hiding” behind the tall grass. But then, little by little, we can spot the animal, which is obviously approaching.

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The man seems to know very well that the mountain lion is stalking him and that its intentions are anything but good.

After a few moments of silence on both parts, the cougar starts moving faster towards Chris, who says it’s “so crazy” and starts backing off.

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However, he doesn’t try to run away – and this is probably the wisest thing to do when facing a mountain lion, or really any other predator.

Chris backs off but never runs. He tries to remain calm and show the wild animal who “the boss” is there.

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The cougar stops walking and it keeps staring at him, probably planning its next moves, that might involve an attack.

Chris starts talking to the lion, partly so that he could calm himself down, and partly to show he’s not afraid.

“Hey Mr. Mountain Lion!” he says, “How are you doing? Nice to see you!”

The cougar starts walking towards him, while Chris is trying to convince it that he’s much bigger than it.

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Still, the cougar keeps making its moves.

Then it disappears for a while behind the trees, which, honestly, we found to be the scariest part, since the man lost eye contact with it and its moves were unpredictable. Then it starts growling, which made us shiver to be frank.

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Chris then asks it “Where are you going?” and one can understand from his voice that he’s starting to panic. Then he kind of growls back, apparently in an effort to make it clear to the animal that he’s the A male there and that there’s no point in messing with him.

Then the clip is cut and it starts again showing the cougar coming back from a different direction, with Chris commenting:

“This cat… he’s coming back. This is unbelievable.”

The animal is trying again to approach the man, while he’s yelling at it to stay back. Actually, Chris at that point seems to be walking towards the animal, which, apparently causes discomfort to it, and leads it to back off, until it leaves for good in a few moments.

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This was a truly scary video to watch, but thankfully, Chris kept in control of his emotions. And fortunately, Chris knew what to do to escape the attack.

See how he did that in the video below.

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By Rachel Shapiro
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Rachel Shapiro is a contributing writing at Shareably. She is based in New York and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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