A Colorado hiker says she sang opera to scare off a mountain lion that was stalking her at close range.
While hiking near Telluride on Monday, Kyra Kopestonsky decided to take a detour off the main trail. That turned out to be a bad idea.
After hiking for roughly 10 minutes she heard a twig snap nearby.
“I turned around and looked, and then [the mountain lion] was just standing there between 10 and 15 feet away from me,” she told reporters.
When a mountain lion stares you down, you’re best shot at survival is to make yourself appear larger and make loud, authoritative noises. So Kopestonsky sang some opera.
Kopestonsky said her operatic splendor scared the big cat away, but it came back and continued to stalk her from close range. As the cat stared her down, she picked up her phone and called her roommate who alerted the local police department.
Watch the video below to learn how the tense encounter unfolded:
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