Man fends off mountain lion with chainsaw

By: KKCO/ 9 NEWS Email
By: KKCO/ 9 NEWS Email

A Colorado man's vacation turned anything but typical after a mountain lion attack.

When you take a trip to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone, pictures usually mark your memories.

But for Dustin Britton, it's a chainsaw.

He and his family were camping in northwest Wyoming over the weekend.

While he was cutting down a tree about 100 yards away from the campsite when he saw a 100 pound mountain lion about 20 feet away.
Dustin says, “Once it got in the open, then it came at me pretty quickly. Once it was 10 feet or so away from me, it broke into a full run. It lunged at me. Its head was right here.”

Britton is a former Marine. He credits his training which allowed him a good stance, with chainsaw in hand.

He withstood the attack when the mountain lion jumped out of the brush.

“So, he was taller than I am if he stood up,” he says.

He wounded the mountain lion with the blade and it ran off.

The thing is, both his dog and his 2–year–old were with him in the same spot just 5 minutes before.

“Whatever you call it, higher power, grace of God, my son decided to stay back, and I tied the dog up,” he says.

They stayed at the camper where he returned with a barely a scratch.

“I've been hurt worse by a rock off the weed eater, working in the yard here,” he says.

He may not have the pictures, but he's got the chainsaw.

“I don't care if it ever runs again, I'll keep it forever. I'll keep it forever,” Dustin says.

Wyoming wildlife officials used a tracking dog to find the mountain lion.

They say they shot and killed it after it attacked and wounded a dog.

Officials say they mountain lion had an eight inch gash on its shoulder from the chainsaw and was in very poor physical condition when they found it.

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