Kyle Burgess was a few miles into a run in Utah’s Slate Canyon on Saturday when he spotted what looked like four kittens near the trail. He paused to take a video, unsure what kind of animal they were but thinking they resembled bobcats.
He soon found out he was wrong.
Just after Mr. Burgess turned on his camera, an adult mountain lion emerged from the thick brush.
“I took three or four steps, and I saw mama cougar,” Mr. Burgess, 26, said in an interview on Wednesday. “She made a crazy growl. I started backing up like crazy. I am just running backward.”
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