At least 27 people have been injured in mountain lion attacks in Colorado since 1990, three of them fatally, but the victim in this incident escaped with minor scratches.
A search is underway for a mountain lion who clawed a man’s head while he bathed in a hot tub with his wife in Colorado.
The couple were relaxing at a rental home in a wooded area of Nathrop at the time of the incident on Saturday night. The man felt something grab his head and screamed when he realised it was a lion, officials said.
He continued to shout at the curious cat and splash water at it while his wife shone a torch in its direction, eventually forcing the animal to retreat to the top of a hill.
It continued to watch the couple from its new vantage point.
Wildlife officers have set a trap for the lion, having failed to find any tracks in the frozen snow covering the area.
Nathrop is a mountainous area known for its outdoor activities.