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"I just happened to look up and I saw this big mountain lion just sitting there and looking at us," Nick Nasca said. (Source: Nick Nasca) "I just happened to look up and I saw this big mountain lion just sitting there and looking at us," Nick Nasca said. (Source: Nick Nasca)
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A hiker who was rescued from Catalina State Park Thursday after a scary encounter with a mountain lion is now talking about it.

Nick Nasca said he spotted the mountain lion from afar while he was with his girlfriend at Romero Pools. He said he thought they were in the clear until the mountain lion started to follow them.

"I just happened to look up and I saw this big mountain lion just sitting there and looking at us," Nasca said.

Nasca snapped a picture, then things got scary.

"He started to like get into a pouncing position," Nasca said.

Nasca and his girlfriend backed away as they tried to maintain eye contact with the big cat.

"We kept losing him and every time we lost him he got closer and closer," Nasca said.

He said they even tried to make a lot of noise to scare away the mountain lion, but nothing worked.

 "He had us cornered against this cliff and so the only way I saw was down," Nasca said. "So I tried to maneuver myself down easily but I ended up slipping."

Nasca said he fell about 20 feet. He hit his head and dislocated his shoulder.

Nasca's girlfriend was already on the phone with 911 and rescue crews were there soon to airlift Nasca to safety.

By then the mountain lion lost interest.

 "It looked like he wanted to come down but at the same time he looked like he was over it," Nasca said.

Nasca said he's earned some bragging rights among his friends, but he feels pretty lucky to be alive.

 "You know I'll remember it forever probably,"  he said.

He is still recovering with some scrapes and bruises and he says he's very grateful to the rescue team that helped him out.

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