Mountain lions have been in the news a lot this fall and winter. The media blitz got started back in mid-October when a YouTube video surfaced depicting the bizarre encounter of a Utah man who crossed paths with a female cat with cubs on what looked to be a remote mountain road.

Nobody got hurt in the deal, but the meeting was far from friendly as the cougar escorted the man, Kyle Burgess, back down the trail — away from her young ones — with intimidating fits of rage.

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