Travis Kauffman

Video: Man Who Suffocated Mountain Lion Comes Forward

‘I was able to shift my weight and get my foot on its neck … another couple minutes later, it finally stopped moving.’

Travis Kauffman, 31, came forward today, a little more than a week after his widely publicized encounter with a mountain lion.

With scabs and scars on his face, Kauffman calmly and candidly recounted his harrowing near-death experience for the first time.

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