Cougar Kills 1 Mountain Biker, Injures 2nd Near Seattle

 

Washington State Fish and Wildlife Police confer with an individual from the King County Medical Examiner’s office on a remote gravel road above Snoqualmie, Wash., following a fatal cougar attack, Saturday, May 19, 2018. One man was killed and another seriously injured when they encountered a cougar Saturday while mountain biking in Washington state, officials said. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times via AP)


NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) — Two friends on a morning mountain bike ride 30 miles (48 kilometers) east of Seattle were attacked by a cougar, killing one of the men and leaving the second hospitalized in what authorities described as a rare occurrence.

The cougar was later found up a tree near the dead man’s body, where agents for the state’s Fish and Wildlife police shot and killed it hours after the Saturday attack, the Seattle Times reported.

The names of neither man were immediately released.

The injured man was in satisfactory condition at a hospital. Authorities say the cougar initially attacked him before running away. Moments later, it returned with deadly results, authorities said.

“He jumped the first victim and attacked him,” said Sgt. Ryan Abbott, of the King County Sheriff’s Office. “The second victim turned and started to run away. The cougar saw that and went after the second victim. The first victim saw his friend being pulled by the cougar. He got on his bike and started to bike away.”

The injured man rode for about 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) before getting cellphone coverage and calling 911.

Abbott said when rescuers arrived it took them about 30 minutes to locate the second victim, who was dead with the cougar standing on top of him.

“The deputies shot at him and spooked him, and he ran off,” he said.

It took several hours before authorities found the cougar up a tree 50 to 200 yards (45 to 182 meters) away and killed it. While the cougar was being hunted, rescuers had to wait to retrieve the dead man’s body.

Rich Beausoleil, the state’s bear and cougar specialist, said it was only the second fatality in the state in the last 94 years. “But it’s one too many,” he said.

Cougars, also known as mountain lions and pumas, are a protected species, the Times reported. Each year, the state allows 250 cougars to be hunted and killed in 50 designated zones.

Washington State Fish and Wildlife Police confer with an individual from the King County Medical Examiner’s and a King County Sheriff’s deputy on a remote gravel road above Snoqualmie, WA., following a fatal cougar attack. Saturday May 19, 2018. One man was killed and another seriously injured when they encountered a cougar Saturday while mountain biking in Washington state, officials said. (Alan Berner /The Seattle Times via AP)


 

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1 Comment on "Cougar Kills 1 Mountain Biker, Injures 2nd Near Seattle"

  1. Allyson Miller | May 20, 2018 at 3:19 pm | Reply

    Any Cougar conflict issue, is a human caused conflict issue.

    Before media and the hound hunters hyperventilate, let’s recall that the Nation’s pet domestic dogs kill or cripple more humans annually than any species known, besides humans.

    We have encroached on the vital ecological services and home of the cougar. Cougars have adapted to their environment with a unique ability to see at night, but they cannot identify deer from a mountain biker.

    Cougars see like a bad pixel day on your computer.

    DO NOT allow the media, hound hunters, sports hunters, Safari Club International trophy hunters to manipulate you with fear and misinformation.

    The bikers did the right thing and the cougar left. But then they did a stupid thing and ran like a scared deer.

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