A Utah bow-hunter sustained minor injuries to his chest and leg after being attacked by a mountain lion, according to ABC News. The man and his father say they were stalked by the mountain lion before and after the attack.
According to Phil Douglas, a spokesman for the Division of Wildlife Resources, the attack happened Saturday near Kamas, which is east of Salt Lake City. The mountain lion is now being tracked so it can be euthanized due to its direct attack on humans.
Lt. Andrew Wright from the Summit County Sheriff's office said the wounded hunter refused medical treatment because he wanted to keep hunting.
There are unconfirmed reports that one of the men shot at the mountain lion and may have hit the animal, according to the Deseret News.
Douglas told the Deseret News that if those details are accurate, the men acted correctly. "Make yourself look large, fight back, and cover your head and neck," Douglas said.
According to Douglas, mountain lions sometimes roam into residential areas."It is not unprecedented to have a mountain lion come down to a residential neighborhood," he said. "It's not common, but it is not rare either."
According to the website Wild Aware Utah, mountain lions, which are also known as cougars, are typically found near deer, since deer are their main food source. They also eat elk, birds, and other small mammals.