PICTURED: Wild cougar that killed one mountain biker and seriously injured another after attacking them during early morning ride in Washington State
- A 32-year-old man is dead and another, 31, was injured after they were attacked by a cougar
- The men were riding mountain bikes near North Bend in Washington State on Saturday morning
- Both men tried to fight off the cougar with their bikes and both were mauled in the horrific ordeal
- The man who survived said at one point his whole head was in the predator’s mouth before his friend ran
- The cougar then dropped him and chased his friend, who was mauled and killed as a result
- Responders said they found the cougar standing over the dead man before it disappeared into the woods
- Officials spent hours tracking the big cat to kill it so they could safely recover the man’s body
One man, 32, is dead and another has been injured in a cougar attack in Washington State.
The men had been on a morning mountain-bike ride in the foothills near North Bend, about 30 miles east of Seattle, when the cougar attacked.
Both of them used their bikes to try and defend themselves against the big cat.
The 31-year-old man who survived the ordeal said at one point his entire head was inside the cougar’s mouth, but his friend began to run away, causing the cougar to drop him and chase the other man, KOMO News reported.
A cougar killed one man, 32, and injured another when it attacked in Washington State on Saturday morning
At one point, the cougar (pictured) had the 31-year-olds whole head in its mouth, before it chased his friend and killed him
The two men had been riding mountain bikes near North Bend when the cougar began to chase them
He then rode his bike to try and find reception so he could call 911. The man was rushed to Harborview hospital, where he is awake and as of Saturday night in a satisfactory condition.
First responders said the cougar was standing over the other man when they found him.
‘The cougar had actually dragged the victim back to the wood line and he was found dead there,’ Sargent Ryan Abbott from the King County Sheriff’s office said.
The injured man called 911 just after 11am, and shouted ‘Can you hear me? Help!’ before the call cut out.
When responders arrived on the scene, they say the cougar was standing over the 32-year-old’s body
The cougar had begun to drag the man’s corpse towards the wood line, where it had to stay while officials tracked the big cat
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE APPROACHED BY A COUGAR
- Stop, stand tall and don’t run. Pick up small children. Don’t run. A cougar’s instinct is to chase.
- Do not approach the animal, especially if it is near a kill or with kittens.
- Try to appear larger than the cougar. Never take your eyes off the animal or turn your back. Do not crouch down or try to hide.
- If the animal displays aggressive behavior, shout, wave your arms and throw rocks. The idea is to convince the cougar that you are not prey, but a potential danger.
- If the cougar attacks, fight back aggressively and try to stay on your feet. Cougars have been driven away by people who have fought back.
Source: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Wildlife officials were unable to trap the big cat initially as it ran into the woods, and officers with the Washington Department of Fish and Game spent hours trying to track it.
Eventually at about 4pm, the cougar was found and euthanized, but the man who was killed could not be taken from the wood line until then, meaning his mauled body laid on the wood line for about five hours after he was killed.
A local man showed reporters footage of a cougar he had seen in the same area just a few weeks ago, though there is no way to tell if the cat is the same one which killed the unidentified man.
Only one other person in Washington has died from a cougar attack in the last 100 years, the Seattle Times reported.
While 15 others have been attacked over the same period of time, their injuries were not fatal.
The 31-year-old man was taken to hospital with serious injuries, but is now in a stable condition
Officals say you should never run from a cougar, as they are more likely to attack (stock image)
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