Cougar kills cyclist as his injured pal raises alarm

Lester Mason
May 22, 2018

A cougar that attacked two bikers in Washington state over the weekend, killing one and seriously injuring another, was emaciated, authorities said Sunday.

Officers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife used hounds to track the cougar, which they found behind a tree 80 feet away, Abbott said.

Brooks, who had moved to Seattle after completing a PhD in Boston, Massachusetts, sustained fatal wounds to his legs, head, face and neck during the attack on Saturday morning, reports The Spokesman-Review.

Sederbaum was said to be in satisfactory condition after being taken to the hospital and treated for lacerations and bites to his neck, head and face.

Myers said the 100-pound male cougar was euthanized. Adult male cougars usually weigh 140 to 180 pounds (64 to 81 kilograms).

While cougars' goal is to be stealthy as possible, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says they receive hundreds of calls about sightings each year.

Once the mountain lion was found officers shot and killed it. They said there was no indication the men taunted the animal in any way before it attacked. "We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends", said BCA's statement.

A bike at the scene of a deadly cougar attack
A bike at the scene of a deadly cougar attack

"Something was wrong with this cougar", Abbott told the Associated Press.

The attack happened in a very remote area northeast of Snoqualmie and North Bend. Two men were biking when a cougar took chase. While the cougar was being hunted, rescuers had to wait to retrieve the dead man's body. But as the men caught their breath and were getting back on the bicycles, the animal returned and fastened its mouth on the man's head, said Kings County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Ryan Abbott.

Brooks was "brutally mauled", Capt. Alan Myers of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife told The Washington Post. He said one rider heard "a scream from his partner and [saw] they're being chased by a cougar".

A man in the area provided reporters a video of a cougar he had spotted recently in the same area.

The cougar had been standing over the body of the victim when authorities arrived, KIRO reported.

S.J. Brooks and Isaac Sederbaum did what they were supposed to do, authorities say. "Scream and holler, and throw things at it", he said. "Cougars have been driven away by people who fought back". Likes: unique beer, dogs, stories. If it's outside, it's worth doing. Like nots: neckties, escalators, manicured lawns.


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