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Drivers capture avalanche tearing down side of Colorado mountain

Drivers capture avalanche tearing down side of Colorado mountainDrivers going down a Colorado highway had quite the close call, after an avalanche ripped down the side of a mountain in front of them.On Sunday afternoon, said avalanche moved down through Ten Mile Canyon, located between Frisco and Copper Mountain.SEE ALSO: Perfect weather conditions turned this Canadian street into a skating rinkThere were several videos of the incident posted online, capturing the snow piling down toward the road.> Caught on camera: @KDVR viewer captured this video of an avalanche near I-70 today in Ten Mile Canyon between Frisco and Copper Mountain. CoWX KDVR pic.twitter.com/eL6uIwB4c3> > — Jeremy Hubbard (@JeremyHubbard) March 3, 2019Another video posted by Brandon Ciullo on Facebook shows the hazy aftermath of the avalanche, which brought traffic to a halt.Colorado State Patrol Trooper Tim Schaefer told The Denver Post there were no injuries, and no cars buried as a result of the avalanche. "It was more than a dusting of snow. There was also tree debris on the road," he told the newspaper. > Avalanche on March 3rd in Tenmile Canyon in Summit County, Colorado. The highway was unaffected by the avalanche. Avalanche debris collected in Tenmile Creek which is underneath the avalanche path and away from the highway. pic.twitter.com/44c1E3z8eN> > — CAIC:Statewide Info (@COAvalancheInfo) March 3, 2019The highway was temporarily closed as emergency services worked to clear the snow debris off the road. It was reopened later that evening.The Colorado Avalanche Information Center issued an avalanche warning until Monday morning, noting conditions are "very dangerous due to large amounts of snowfall and strong westerly winds."> Snow debris from Avalanche slide today on I-70 SumCo pic.twitter.com/0dBmiFnEoU> > — SCSOPIO (@SummitSheriffCO) March 4, 2019 WATCH: Elon Musk's Not-a-Flamethrower is silly, and not a flamethrower



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Mountain lion strangled by Colorado man was orphaned cougar cub

Mountain lion strangled by Colorado man was orphaned cougar cubThe mountain lion strangled by a Colorado man after it attacked him on a jogging trail last month was a young cub, weighing no more than 40 pounds (18 kg) and likely orphaned but not starving, state wildlife officials said on Friday. The encounter between the young predator and Travis Kauffman garnered international headlines when authorities revealed that the 31-year-old man had not only survived a rare mountain lion attack but had suffocated the cat by stepping on its throat. A necropsy – the animal equivalent of an autopsy – showed the cougar was 4 to 5 months old, based on the condition of its teeth, and the results confirmed Mr Kauffman's account of the struggle, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said in a statement. "The cause of death was determined to be … blunt trauma and strangulation," the agency said. Mr Kauffman recounted his harrowing tale at a news conference last week. He said on February 4, he was jogging on the Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, about 65 miles (105 km) northwest of Denver, when he heard pine needles rustling and turned to see a cougar staring him down. "I was bummed out to see a mountain lion," he told reporters. The environmental consultant said he raised his arms and yelled, but the cougar pounced, clamping its jaws on his right wrist, and slashing his face and neck with its claws. During the three-minute struggle, Mr Kauffman said he unsuccessfully tried to dislodge the cat by hitting it with a rock and stabbing it with sticks. Ultimately he was able to get on top of the cat and place his foot on its throat until it stopped thrashing. Mr Kauffman suffered multiple lacerations but no permanent injuries. He could not be reached for comment on Friday. Travis Kauffman talks about his encounter with the mountain lion while running a trail just west of Fort Collins Credit:  David Zalubowski/AP Veterinarians who performed the necropsy could not determine the gender or precise size of the dead cat because other animals had fed on the carcass by the time rangers reached it. But the examiners surmised the cougar was likely a male that weighed between 35 pounds and 40 pounds (16 and 18 kg), authorities said. Parks and Wildlife spokesman Jason Clay told Reuters that mountain lions normally stay with their mothers for 12 to 18 months before striking out on their own, and two other cubs believed to be from the same litter were later trapped. The cats were taken to an animal rehabilitation facility to give them a better chance for survival when they are released back into the wild at some point, Clay said.



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Mountain lion strangled by Colorado man was orphaned cougar cub

Mountain lion strangled by Colorado man was orphaned cougar cubThe mountain lion strangled by a Colorado man after it attacked him on a jogging trail last month was a young cub, weighing no more than 40 pounds (18 kg) and likely orphaned but not starving, state wildlife officials said on Friday. The encounter between the young predator and Travis Kauffman garnered international headlines when authorities revealed that the 31-year-old man had not only survived a rare mountain lion attack but had suffocated the cat by stepping on its throat. A necropsy – the animal equivalent of an autopsy – showed the cougar was 4 to 5 months old, based on the condition of its teeth, and the results confirmed Kauffman’s account of the struggle, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said in a statement.



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Mountain lion killed by Colorado trail runner was a kitten, necropsy report says

Mountain lion killed by Colorado trail runner was a kitten, necropsy report saysThe final necropsy report of the mountain lion killed by Colorado trail runner Travis Kauffman estimates the age of the lion at three to four months.



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'He Was Just Covered in Blood': Couple Speaks Out After Helping Man Who Killed Mountain Lion

'He Was Just Covered in Blood': Couple Speaks Out After Helping Man Who Killed Mountain LionAfter a northern Colorado man killed a mountain lion following an attack, a couple helped him get to a hospital.



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Colorado man chokes mountain lion to death with his bare hands after being attacked

Colorado man chokes mountain lion to death with his bare hands after being attackedExercising in the wilderness always comes with its share of risks, but one Colorado man got far more than he bargained for when a mountain lion attacked him during a trail run earlier this week. The unidentified man suffered serious injuries in the attack, but managed to escape with his life thanks to some quick thinking and a good bit of luck.As the Coloradoan reports, the man was running in Horsetooth Mountain Park when he was attacked from behind by what park staff identified as a juvenile mountain lion. The big cat bit the man's face and arm but he was able to shake himself loose, at which point he strangled the lion by wrapping his hands around its throat.The animal suffocated and died, and the man sought immediate medical attention for his injuries. Wildlife officials note that the man's response was appropriate and a good example of how you might be able to save yourself from an animal attack under the right circumstances."The runner did everything he could to save his life,'' Mark Leslie of Colorado Parks and Wildlife said in a statement. "In the event of a lion attack, you need to do anything in your power to fight back just as this gentleman did.''Mountain lion attacks on humans are incredibly rare. Many areas of Colorado have stable mountain lion populations in the wild and incidents between humans and the big cats are scarcely reported. In this particular case, the man came out on top, but luck probably played a big role.According to reports, the mountain lion was estimated to weigh around 80 pounds and officials believe it was less than a year old. Adult mountain lions can easily top 150 pounds and it's not unheard of for males to top 200 pounds or more. Put simply, it wouldn't be wise to pick a fight with a mountain lion and expect a result like this one.



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Far-reaching storm to deliver disruptive rain, mountain snow across western US into Christmas

Far-reaching storm to deliver disruptive rain, mountain snow across western US into ChristmasPeople with last-minute holiday travel plans across the southwestern United States may be hindered by rain, snow and gusty winds through Christmas Day.



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Fulfilling a dream, South Korea's Moon visits sacred North Korean mountain with Kim

Fulfilling a dream, South Korea's Moon visits sacred North Korean mountain with KimAfter the two leaders pledged new steps aimed at salvaging nuclear talks on Wednesday, Moon and Kim decided to use the final day of their three-day summit to go up the symbolic mountain on the Chinese border together. Moon is known for his love of mountain climbing and has trekked in the Himalayas at least twice. The president has long stated that visiting Mount Paektu, which can also be spelled Baekdu in the South and is known as Changbai in China, was a “long unfulfilled dream”.



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Flash flood kills 10 hikers in Italian mountain gorge as rescuers say it hit like 'a tsunami'

Flash flood kills 10 hikers in Italian mountain gorge as rescuers say it hit like 'a tsunami'An eight-year-old girl survived a devastating flash flood in a canyon in southern Italy but was found next to a body that rescuers believe may be one of her parents. The girl, named as Chiara, was semi-conscious, covered in thick mud and suffering from hypothermia when she was found in the gorge in Calabria after it was hit by a “tsunami” of muddy water following a severe storm. The seven-mile-long canyon, located in Pollino national park, has 2,300ft-high sheer rock walls which in some places are just 13ft apart. At least two groups of hikers were caught up in the disaster on Monday. While some were able to scramble to higher ground, others were engulfed by the flash flood and drowned. Ten people were killed, with some bodies washed up to three miles downstream by the force of the torrent. Eleven people were injured, five of them seriously. Four children lost either one or both of their parents. A rescue helicopter in the gorge that was hit by a flash flood Credit: Francesco Arena/Ansa “She was semi-conscious but clearly in a state of shock. We found her next to a corpse and from what we know, her parents are almost certainly among the victims,” said Pasquale Gagliardi, a doctor with the local helicopter rescue service. The little girl, who had swallowed mud and debris, was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Naples, hundreds of miles to the north. A girl is helped by a member of the National Alpine and Caving Rescue Squad as they (right) descend the gorge Credit: ANSA/AP “You’re going to make it, little one,” Dr Pasquale wrote on Facebook under a photograph of the girl’s hand, covered in mud, on the shoulder of an alpine rescue specialist. The hand of the eight year old girl on the shoulder of an alpine rescue specialist Credit: Twitter The victims included a volunteer rescue worker who helped pull people alive from a hotel in central Italy that was hit by a deadly avalanche in January 2017. Antonio De Rasis, 32, was guiding hikers through the gorge when it was hit by the 8ft-high wall of water. “With his experience, he would definitely have tried to help the group as much as possible,” said Antonio Carlomagno, the mayor of the town where Mr De Rasis came from. The flash flood also claimed the lives of two models, Miriam Mezzolla, 27, and Claudia Giampietro, 31, who were said to be inseparable and shared a passion for burlesque dancing. Rescuers work in the gorge of the Raganello stream in Civita Credit: WENN.com  An investigation has been launched into the disaster, with questions asked about why people were allowed into the gorge when bad weather was forecast. “It was a real tsunami. These are events that happen once in a lifetime,” said Giacomo Zanfei, a senior official with the mountain rescue service. Italy has experienced strange weather this summer, with torrid heat building up in the mornings and then giving way to thunder, lightning and torrential rain. Rescuers and citizens wait in the central square of Civita, a village in the Italian Calabria southern region  Credit: AFP Climate experts say the summer is becoming less dry and more “tropical”, with higher rainfall than before. “It is a shocking tragedy, linked to the terrible weather we’ve had this summer,” said Mimmo Lo Polito, a local mayor. The canyoning disaster comes just a week after the collapse of the Morandi bridge in Genoa, which killed 43 people. Raganello gorges in Pollino National Park, Calabria Credit: DEA/V. GIANNELLA  "Italy is tired of crying for the dead. Enough," said Sergio Costa, the environment minister, during a visit to the scene. "If what happened is the result of negligence, sloppiness or a lack of awareness of the risks, we are facing a serious situation that we need to get to the bottom of." “The whole country is deeply saddened by this new tragedy, which has caused many deaths and injuries in Pollino national park,” said Sergio Mattarella, Italy’s president.



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Cougar kills U.S. mountain biker, mauls another, later shot

Cougar kills U.S. mountain biker, mauls another, later shotThe mountain bikers were riding together down a remote, backwoods trail at 11 a.m. (2 p.m. ET) in an area near North Bend, Washington state, around 30 miles (48 km) east of Seattle, when the two men encountered the animal. Cougars are the fourth largest cat species worldwide, with adult females weighing up to 141 pounds (64 kgs) and males weighing as much as 220 pounds (100 kgs).



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