Cougar attacks 2 mountain bikers in Washington state, killing 1

Agents with the Washington State Fish and Wildlife Police tracked and killed this cougar that is believed responsible for attacking two mountain bikers in the woods northeast of Snoqualmie on Saturday, May 19, 2018. One person was fatally injured and the other is in satisfactory condition at Harborview Medical Center.  (Submitted photo)

Agents with the Washington State Fish and Wildlife Police tracked and killed this cougar that is believed responsible for attacking two mountain bikers in the woods northeast of Snoqualmie on Saturday, May 19, 2018. One person was fatally injured and the other is in satisfactory condition at Harborview Medical Center. (Submitted photo)

A cougar attacked two mountain bikers in a remote area in Washington state, killing one and wounding the other. The survivor, Isaac Sederbaum, 31, said the men made loud noises when they realized the cougar was chasing them. They thought they had scared it away, but the animal reappeared and grabbed Sederbaum’s head in its mouth. The other man, S.J. Brooks, ran, attracting the cougar’s attention, and it chased him. Sederbaum, 31, fled to call help. First responders found the cougar standing over Brooks’ body. Wildlife officers later killed the cat, which was emaciated. Sederbaum was airlifted to a Seattle hospital 30 miles away and was in satisfactory condition. Just 16 previous cougar attacks, one fatal, had been reported in Washington in the last century.

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