Cougar kills one man, injures another in rare attack outside Seattle
22 May, 2018, 10:11 | Author: Wade Massey
The attacks Saturday morning - the first fatal one in the state in almost a century - was uncharacteristic of cougars, which are normally solitary animals that run off when confronted by humans, said Capt. Alan Myers of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Myers identified the man killed as S.J. Brooks, 32, and the survivor was Isaac Sederbaum, 31.
The bikers were on a remote road north of North Bend, Washington, when the cougar attacked one of the riders, according to the King County Sheriff's Office.
When the cougar released him, Sederbaum jumped back on his mountain bike to get away. As of Monday, he was in satisfactory condition. The cougar, which was found to be emaciated either due to illness or injury, was captured and euthanized.
DNA testing is being used to determine if it is the same cougar in the attack.
Abbott said the man rode for about 2 miles before he could make a call.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police Capt. Alan Myers said Sunday that the cougar was about 100 pounds, when a typical 3-year-old male in the area would be 140 to 180 pounds.
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The cougar appeared to be stalking two men as they rode their bikes over the weekend in the Cascade Mountains near Seattle. "Before leaving the area, he looked back and saw his friend, and the cougar was attacking his friend".
It was only the second deadly attack by a mountain lion in Washington state in the last 100 years, Abbott said.
Authorities found the cougar standing over the body of the dead biker, the station reported.
However, attacks involving cougars, also known as mountain lions, have been increasingly common in the past 20 years. Officials said it could not be determined if it was the same animal, given that there are a number of cougars in the region.
The tests will be conducted by Washington State University's Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory College, which carries out some half-million such procedures a year.
Wildlife officials however say more cougar attacks have been reported in the western USA and Canada over the past 20 years than in the previous 80. He iterated that people should not try to run away from a cougar.
He said that canine units are part of an extensive manhunt and that "the dark will not hamper our investigation". Witnesses in the neighborhood reported hearing a pop sound and seeing the officer run over by a Jeep.
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