A terrified hiker in Utah survived an encounter with a miffed momma cougar after being stalked for six long minutes.
“I found what I thought were bobcats on the trail during a run,” Burgess wrote on YouTube. “Turns out they were cougar cubs and their mother was not happy to see me. She follows me for over six minutes acting very aggressive while I walk backwards up the trail.”
In the video, Burgess can be seen walking away while the growling cougar follows along. At times, the angry animal, which was protecting her cubs, runs at the hiker while hissing and baring its claws.
All the while, Burgess offers commentary — suffice to say there is plenty of cursing — that reflects his terror and his feeble attempts at getting the big cat to leave him alone.
“Get the f— away,” he yells at one point, before transitioning to “Go away, I’m big and scary.”
After one lunge by the cougar, Burgess tries calmly talking to it.
“Dude, you’re scary,” he says. “You’re a f—ing scary kitty cat … C’mon dude, I don’t feel like dying today.”
Eventually, after about six minutes, the cougar left Burgess and headed back up the trail to her cubs.