[Brandon Arnold and Tessa Gerdes and seven of their Chino Valley friends, including three children] were getting ready to make breakfast at about 6:45 a.m. when a large animal jumped out of the bushes onto the back of Arnold’s dog Apollo, a 90-pound lab-pit bull mix,” prescottaz.com reports. “‘It was hard to tell what it was when it jumped out of there covered with grass and smelling like a skunk,’ Arnold’s friend Donald Jones said. ‘I thought it was somebody’s dog, so I was just pissed off somebody brought a mean dog to camp.’ Jones grabbed the neck of both the animals to try to pull them apart. That’s when they all figured out the other animal wasn’t a dog . . .

Jones let go real fast.

“I started screaming at the top of my lungs, ‘Holy (bleep), it’s a mountain lion!'” Arnold recalled.

The lion ran into the mesquite bushes and Apollo ran after it while the men frantically looked for the nearest weapon. Jones grabbed a camping table and Arnold grabbed a 14-inch cast-iron skillet heating up on the propane stove. Arnold got to the lion and dog fight first and did what he had to do to save Apollo.

“The first time I had a clear shot I just swung the pan and hit him right on the head,” Arnold said. “It was like a cartoon – he just kind of stopped and I hit him again. He got stiff and fell over.”

He hit it several more times, then another friend shot it a couple of times just to make sure it was dead.”

In case you missed it, nature is red in tooth in claw. How about the chick who ran a mile with a rabid fox locked on her arm a few years back? (Got her on Letterman.) A rabid fox attacked a friend of mine a few years back. He ended up killing it with a rock. He carries a .45 now in the woods.

Anyway, hiking all day tomorrow. Armed.


    • I think just about anyone that had to kill an attacking mountain lion with a frying pan would look like that.

  1. Internet is just crap.
    Did he have a skillet permit? Skillets are incredibly dangerous. Only qualified LEO and Military personnel should carry them.

  2. I have to pan this story, clearly written by somebody fried and unable to bring home the bacon. The people involved should be grilled properly to see if those pot-heads really stove that thing’s head in. If it’s true I’ll have egg on my face, but right now it looks like no particular skill(et) was involved.


  3. I’ve got a chocolate lab-pit bull mix about that same size…they are great breeds, the best of both worlds, I bet it was a good fight.

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