If you live in cougar territory and you enjoy hiking, there’s a good chance that you’ve been close to a mountain lion and didn’t even notice. Cougars are notoriously stealthy cats, and have on occasion given the odd hiker or hunter the scare of their lives. Yet in Florida, the cougar—or panther, as some call it—population is quite slim. That makes this encounter in the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary all the more unexpected. On Facebook, Tina Dorschel posted this video of her walking on what appeared to be an elevated path or bridge when she was suddenly faced with a running mountain lion. Thankfully in her case, the cat ran straight past her.

“Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god, oh my god,” the woman uttered as the predator came towards her.

That’s probably what would be running through our minds during this encounter too.

Video has some light profanity.

On on early morning nature walk we saw a gator, a snake, frogs, pretty birds, and had this unexpected encounter. (Warning…curse word at end!)

Posted by Tina Dorschel on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Image screenshot of video on Facebook

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  • Snug

    Since the mountain lion was apparently much more concerned about what was behind him than human in front of him ,I wonder seriously if I would continue going in that direction ! Did anything untoward happen after the cat in a hurry sped by ?

  • Mikial

    That was great! I bet the cat was saying the same things she was.

  • jdepz

    It’s a Florida Panther, get it right. And btw…there are no mountains in Florida, might want to check that too.

    • ITSa341

      They are genetically the same cats. Therefore either name is correct. As a matter of fact they are commonly called by numerous names including mountain lion, panther, puma, and more.

    • Jackson Caldwell

      eat a dick.

      • jdepz

        can’t u already have it between your ears and down your throat after taking out of your mother.