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)

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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.

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“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.

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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