By Anica Padilla

BAYFIELD, Colo. (CBS4) — A Colorado man out hunting elk on Sunday was shocked when he realized something else may have been hunting him. A mountain lion was watching him from about 20 yards away — and he captured the encounter on video.

(credit: Steve Shively)

Steve Shively said he was in the San Juan National Forest, near Bayfield, and stopped to change the memory cards in his trail cameras.

“Suddenly, I spotted this motionless mountain lion crouched down behind a rock ready to pounce on me,” Shively told CBS4. “He had silently stalked to within 20 yards through the dry crunchy fall leaves on the ground.”

“He had a fixed stare at me and didn’t flinch while I pulled my 9mm out of my pocket, racked one in the chamber, and fumbled with my cell phone… he only moved when I started talking to him on video,” Shively stated.

“Be good, kitty,” Shively can be heard saying in the video. “You behave. You back on out of here.”

(credit: Steve Shively)

The mountain lion appeared reluctant to leave, and turned back to look at Shively several times as it walked away.

Shively seemed to remain calm but said “…it freaked me out especially after watching that video last week of the mountain lion chasing the jogger in Utah!”

Anica Padilla

Comments (3)
  1. Mark says:

    This is hardly any kind of stalking, So here we go again killing a animal that is more curious other than wanting to attack this person come on.

  2. CW says:

    The mountain lion in UT did NOT chase the “jogger”. It was simply making sure the runner didn’t get any closer to its cubs.

  3. Katie Dolan says:

    This is hardly stalking behavior. The lion was merely looking curious. The coverage and description of the cougar’s behavior is misleading, We have to do a better job informing the public
    about mountain lion behavior, The other video mentioned was also not stalking but was a mother lion urging the jogger to get away from her kittens.

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