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An American, Dustin Britton, used a chainsaw to fight off an attack by a mountain lion while he was camping with his family in Wyoming.
Mr Britton was on a camping trip with his wife and two toddlers in northwestern Wyoming.
The 32-year-old mechanic and ex-US marine from Windsor, Colorado, said he was alone cutting firewood about 100 feet from his campsite in the Shoshone National Forest when he saw a seven-stone lion staring at him from some bushes.
Mr Britton said he raised his chainsaw and met the lion head-on as it pounced - a collision he described as feeling like a grown man r
The mountain lion was shot and killed on Monday after it attacked a dog brought in to track the animal, which was four to five years old. Authorities say it was in poor physical condition and appeared to be starving.