A man in Utah used his handy snowboard to defend himself after a mountain lion attacked him on the snowy slopes.
Charlie Duffy wrote in an Instagram post about his near-death experience at a ski resort in Beaver Mountain, Utah, on Sunday, February 4.
Duffy told local station KSL-TV that he was walking when he noticed fresh paw prints that immediately made him “nervous.”
“A little less than halfway through, I started to see some new tracks,” Duffy said. “And that made me nervous. “Aware of my surroundings, just constantly looking around.”
Moments later, the snowboarder said he looked up and noticed a mountain lion just a few steps away.
“I looked over my left shoulder and, you know, five or six feet behind me, about three or four feet up, I saw a mountain lion,” he told the local media.
In his social media post, Duffy said it looked like the cougar was “getting ready to pounce.”
The young man acted quickly and threw his snowboard “with all his force” towards the mountain lion that was jumping towards him.
“My fight response activated instantly, I grabbed my board with my right hand and lunged with all my strength toward the leaping mountain lion,” he wrote on Instagram.
Snowboarder Charlie Duffy says he survived a mountain lion attack while at a ski resort in Beaver Mountain, Utah. Charlie Duffy/Instagram
Duffy said the big cat “barely” grazed his neck before his handy snowboard knocked him to the ground.
He said his brush with death was not over, and the cougar proceeded to get up and lumber toward him.
Duffy wrote that he noticed the cat was “starving” and was injured by the snowboard-induced shock.
Duffy showed parts of his jacket that were torn during the attack with the wild animal. Charlie Duffy/Instagram
“I kept pushing him back and he eventually went away very disoriented,” Duffy wrote. “I’m lucky to be here today and only get a couple of little scratches from the cat.”
Photos posted to Instagram showed Duffy’s torn jacket where the cougar attacked him.
After sharing his story on Instagram, snowboard brands Nitro and 686 promised to send Duffy some new snowboard gear.
Snowboard brands Nitro and 686 promised to send Duffy some new snowboard gear after he showed off the damage on Instagram. Charlie Duffy/Instagram
“Crazy! We have to send you a new board!!! Glad you’re okay,” commented Nitro Snowboards.
“CRAZY. We’ll fix it for you,” 686 wrote.