If someone told you they killed a rabid mountain lion with a frying pan, would you believe it?
Arnold, 24, his girlfriend Tessa Gerdes and seven of their Chino Valley friends, including three children, were camping May 4 at a remote spot on the Tonto National Forest, near the Verde River off Bloody Basin Road, when the story of a lifetime unfolded.
They 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.
“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.