Kauffman told reporters earlier this month that he engaged in what was "just like a wrestling match" with the lion, after it attacked him while he was running alone. The cat lunged at him, and latched its jaw onto his right wrist, according to Kauffman. He said he tried to protect his face as the mountain lion clawed at him. Eventually, both Kauffman and the cat tumbled down a slope. He tried to throw sticks at the lion, but they were rotten and breaking. He eventually picked up a large rock and tried to hit the cat in the head with it. Kauffman said he was able to transition his body weight, moving his right leg up toward his wrist, and eventually was able to step on the cat's neck — suffocating it.
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