A trail runner from Utah was almost 10 kilometres into a mountain run when he came face to face with a wild cougar…

Kyle Burgess filmed the encounter which showed him running along the trail, and spotting two tiny cougar cubs. However, the protective mother mountain lion was not going to allow the runner to get anywhere near her babies.

Burgess began backing away while the big cat stalked, spat, and charged at him.

The six-minute encounter must have felt like a lifetime, but eventually the cat retreated back to her young when Burgess bent down to grab a rock.

“Mama was just doing her job, protecting her babies…” said Burgess in an interview with ABC7. He was shaking after the incident, and decided to take a different path home!

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