A dirt bike rider in Oregon came just inches from a potentially dangerous run-in with a mountain lion.
The video, seen below, was captured on a camera mounted just behind Drew Terteling’s helmet.
The video below shows the mountain lion just barely missed Terteling while it was in a full sprint.
It does not appear that the mountain lion was moving in to attack Terteling. It looks as if the cougar may have been startled by the noise of the dirt bike and was running scared at full speed.
Jump to about 1:30 to see the close encounter.
At the end of the video, Terteling tells his friend that he sped up because he thought he was going to hit it.
“I hope I got it on camera dude,” Terteling says.
Mountain Lions, also known as cougars, pumas, or panthers are ambush predators and considered nocturnal. However, daytime sightings are not out of the question.
Where do cougars live?
Cougars have a wide ranging habitat stretching from Canada to the southern tip of South America but are more common in the western United States. Cougars are smaller towards the equator and larger towards the poles.
Are they dangerous to humans?
Mountain Lions are the fourth largest cat species, and attacks on people are infrequent.
According to Wikipedia, between 1890 and 1990, in North America there were 53 reported, confirmed attacks on humans, resulting in 48 nonfatal injuries and ten deaths of people. By 2004, the count had climbed to 88 attacks and 20 deaths.
Within North America, the distribution of attacks is not uniform. The densely populated state of California has seen a dozen attacks since 1986 (after just three from 1890 to 1985), including three fatalities.Lightly populated New Mexico reported an attack in 2008, the first there since 1974.
Terteling posted the video on YouTube on September 5th.