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Man uses chainsaw to fight mountain lion

July 21, 2009 5:59:50 AM PDT
A Colorado man used a chainsaw to fight off a mountain lion that attacked him during a camping trip in northwestern Wyoming.Dustin Britton was camping with his wife and two kids in the Shoshone National Forest last weekend. He says on Sunday he was alone cutting firewood about 100 feet from the campsite when he saw a 100-pound lion staring at him from some bushes. Moments later the mountain lion attacked.

Britton, a 32-year-old mechanic and ex-Marine, says he raised his 18-inch chainsaw and met the lion head-on as it pounced.

"It batted me three or four times with its front paws, and as quick as I hit it with that saw, it just turned away," Britton told the Associated Press.

He wounded the animal with the blade and it ran off. Wildlife officials later killed the animal after they say it attacked a dog that had been brought in to track it. The mountain lion was emaciated and showing signs of starvation, officials said.

Britton credits his military training for helping him fight off the lion.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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