Mule slaughters cougar, hunting party looks on? Maybe?

I first read this story in an email from my dad, who received it from a high school classmate, who received it from someone else, etc. This mule v. cougar story is one of the craziest I’ve heard in a while, so I decided that it deserved some investigation.

After researching on the web, we found out that the first version is slightly inaccurate, and dug up what is supposed to be the true details about mule and cougar battle. You’ll find both versions below.

In the first story, the cougar is portrayed as the “bad guy,” stalking a hunting party. From my understanding of the original story, “that [is] not the case.” According to the first-person account, the mule is highly aggressive toward cougars, and when the hunting party found the cougar, the mule attacked it of its own accord.

Edit: Wait, maybe I read it wrong.  Maybe the cougar was already shot, then mauled by the sadistic mule?  I’m not sure.  The author of the “official account” isn’t very clear.

-Kitty Mowmow

Version 1:

These pics came from a guy in AZ. Yes, the mule killed the mountain lion.

The lion had been stalking them for the better part of the morning, on the way out to a hunt. They were pretty sure it was after one of the dogs.

The cat ambushed them, and the mule pictured tossed its rider and went into attack (defense) mode, the horses scattered and shots were fired but no one was sure if they hit the cat or not. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until it was almost over that one of the guys started snapping pics.

The mule finally stomped the cougar to death after biting and throwing it around like a rag doll. The dogs wouldn’t even come close until the mule settled down.

The cat was still alive here and trying to fight back.

The mule stomped the cat, then pinned it to the ground and bit the heck out of the dead cat several more times.

The cat was pretty much dead by now then mule picked up the cat again whipped it into the air again then stomped the dead cat again for good measure!

Note the dog audience…. Gives new meaning to the phrase “BAD A$$”….

Version 2 (from a link to a .PDF on this site):

The Rest Of The Story
By Steven Richards

After my article in the March issue (Western Mule Magazine, page 35) concerning the mule/lion confrontation, I finally found out the truth in its entirety.

As Ben Tennison, editor and chief of Western Mule Magazine will tell you, we have searched high and low with all the tools we could muster to get the gritty on this story. The true story took place in southwestern New Mexico, (strange how about most every hound book I have read in the era of the late 1800’s- early 1900’s, takes place in southwestern New Mexico). Some of the best known big game hound men of those times hunted mountain lions and grizzly in New Mexico. Soon after my story in the March issue of Western Mule Magazine came out on the web page of Western Mule Magazine, a proud father, Johnny Anglin, saw my story and told me it was his son’s mule and dogs in the lion story and that they have the negatives of those pictures. I asked if I could talk to his son and he said he was out lion hunting and probably would not be in until late. I said I would try calling him later. The next time I tried calling, he was back out hunting lions again so I asked if he would return my call which he did the next day.

The mule owner is Jody Anglin and the mule’s name is Berry. When talking to Jody, I could not help but envy his life style. He sure likes lion hunting and hunts whenever he gets a chance. He is not a commercial hunter but does it for his own enjoyment.

The New Mexico lion hunting season runs from October 1st to March 31st and I believe it has a quota in different areas. (Don’t take my word on this, you need to check with the New Mexico game and fish department.)

About Jody Anglin the lion hunter: I have talked to Jody a couple times trying to be sure to get the story correct. Jody is 25 and hunts lions as often as he can. He runs Walker hounds and has around 12 or 13 hounds all the time. Most of them are registered, but I think what is most important to him is that they run lions. Jody was telling me when he first started lion hunting that he would take his hounds and would walk to areas that had lions and follow the tracks on foot. Then he got Berry the mule and life changed for him and made the hunting easier for him.

About Berry the mule: Jody has had Berry since 1998 and he is an 11 year old mule now. When Jody first got the mule and after Jody shot the first lion out, Berry casually came over to the lion and just nuzzled the lion and casually nibbled it. With each lion Berry just got more aggressive. Jody said it didn’t take more than two lions and Berry got really aggressive to the lion until he got to braying real loud and couldn’t wait to get the cat.

When did this incident take place? As near as Jody could place the time, the pictures were taken a couple of years ago, so maybe 2002 or 2003.

How did these pictures get on the Internet? Jody said that as far as he could remember, he gave these pictures to his grandpa and his grandpa gave them to Jody’s aunt and that aunt gave them to a friend and that friend sent them e-mail to a friend and it went from there to what it is today. Many have tried to take credit for this man’s experience.

I asked Jody about the report about the lion stalking them. Jody’s reply was “It’s every mountain lion hunter’s dream that a mountain lion would stalk them, but that was not the case.” I could not agree more.

This guy is living the lifestyle that many of us desk-bound wannabe’s wish we could. I have some young Bluetick hounds who are showing real potential for cats, but I don’t have a lot of time to take them out like I’d like to. For now, I just have to live vicariously through Jody’s story and through the lion and grizzly hunting books that I have searched for in my quest for more information. We are offering these books and also electronic collars for training in our store and catalog. We have been pleasantly surprised at how fast they fly off the shelf. I guess I’m not the only one interested in lion hunting, hound dogs and mules.

Steve Richards
Wyoming Outdoor Industries


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2 Responses to “Mule slaughters cougar, hunting party looks on? Maybe?”

  1. kaycie Says:

    Most of these cougar photos that circulate on the web can be found with the legit story on This one is, with a link to the 2005 article in Western Mule Magazine. The way I read it, the mule only messes with the cougar once the lion has been shot and killed.

  2. kittymowmow Says:

    Hello Kaycie,

    Thanks for your input. I think you’re probably right, and the mule was just molesting an already dead cougar.

    Instead of “beating a dead horse,” perhaps the phrase should be “thrashing a dead cougar?”

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