Man's condition in fatal cougar attack upgraded

Experts Say There Was

Experts Say There Was "Something Wrong" With The Cougar Who Killed a Seattle Cyclist

Two mountain bikers were attacked by a mountain lion and one was killed in Washington state on Saturday, despite doing almost everything right during the confrontation.

The King County Sheriff's Office said the two men were riding bikes on a gravel road when the cougar attacked.

"They stopped. They did the right thing, made a lot of noise". As others threw rocks at the cougar, a friend of Hjelle's engaged in a tug of war with the cat until it finally gave up. The other hiker saw this and took off running, Abbott said.

Injured and bloodied, Sederbaum hopped on his bike and rode away. Myers said it is extremely unusual for cougars to attack humans as they are shy animals that usually hunt smaller animals like deer, rabbits and goats.

The two men were mountain biking when they were attacked before noon, according to the Sheriff's Office.

First responders from fire and sheriff's departments treated the victim, who suffered deep cuts throughout his body. They got off their bikes, shouted and tried to scare the cat away - a normal protocol - but it charged at them.

It took several hours before authorities found the cougar up a tree 50 to 200 yards (45 to 182 meters) away and killed it.

A vet will be examining the animal's brain to see if they can determine whether it had a medical condition that may have caused it to attack.

Experts Say There Was

"I have so many friends that ride out there all the time", Gillies told KIRO.

Abbott said it is now unknown why the cougar attacked the men, stating the these attacks are so rare that the fatality is the first in Washington since 1924.

One of the bicycles in the fatal cougar attack near North Bend. In North America, there have been about 25 deadly attacks and 95 non-fatal attacks reported in the past century, but more attacks have been reported in the US West and Canada over the past 20 years than in the previous 80, according to Fish and Wildlife.

Cougars are also known as mountain lions, pumas and panthers.

The Washington Department of Fish and Game was tracking the animal down, which reportedly ran into the woods following the attack.

Officers believe it is the same cougar that killed 32-ear-old S.J. Brooks and injured 31-year-old Issac Sederbaum.

According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 1-to-2-year-old cougars that have become independent of their mothers are more likely to attack domestic animals and humans. That means that some young cougars, not finding a territory of their own, will die of starvation.

The second cyclist ran, and the animal dropped the first victim and pounced on him, killing him and dragging him back to what appeared to be its den.

Recommended News

  • Dow climbs almost  300 points on trade war truce

    Dow climbs almost 300 points on trade war truce

    Last month, the administration proposed tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports to protest the forced technology transfers. China agrees to the framework of a deal that includes increased sales of US farm products to China by 35 to 40 percent.
    Vegas Play of the Day: Cavaliers vs. Celtics

    Vegas Play of the Day: Cavaliers vs. Celtics

    It will also be important for Cleveland to have their role players step up and provide enough help for LeBron James offensively. Stevens was relieved to learn that Boston legend Bill Russell was recovering after a hospital stay brought on by dehydration.
    MD Appeals New Trial for Adnan Syed

    MD Appeals New Trial for Adnan Syed

    Syed, Lee's boyfriend, was arrested and ultimately convicted of charges including kidnapping and first-degree murder. Adnan, who is now in his late 30s, found himself back in the headlines in March, having been granted a new trial.
  • Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki dies on Mount Everest

    Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki dies on Mount Everest

    He further added, "Sherpas found his body inside the tent". "I feel the pain and difficulty of this mountain", a post said. More than 400 climbers have reached the top of Everest during the season, which runs between April and May.
    SRH challenge for resurgent RCB

    SRH challenge for resurgent RCB

    Although the target was paltry, RCB will welcome the Kohli and Parthiv Patel show that helped them chase 89 in just 8.1 overs. However, after 12 matches, the Preity Zinta co-owned side are yet to seal a spot in the knockout stages.
    NAFTA Countries 'Nowhere Near Close to a Deal,'

    NAFTA Countries 'Nowhere Near Close to a Deal,'

    Kind was one of about 35 members of Congress who met with the trade representative. Quick work by the agency might add a week or two to the deadline, he said.
  • Emery to be named next Arsenal manager after club decides against Arteta

    Emery to be named next Arsenal manager after club decides against Arteta

    Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis was last night thrashing out the finer details of the deal with Emery's representatives. However, Arteta's lack of previous managerial experience appears to have seen him lose out to his compatriot.
    Gunman shoots dead police officer putting schools on high alert

    Gunman shoots dead police officer putting schools on high alert

    About an hour later Baltimore County Police & Fire posted on social media saying they were searching for an armed suspect. Relatives of the officer, who would have been on the force four years by July, have been notified.
    Warriors take Game 1 of Western Conference Finals 119-106

    Warriors take Game 1 of Western Conference Finals 119-106

    Golden State set a new franchise record, as the 41-point win is the largest margin of victory in the team's Playoffs history. The rousing effect of the third quarter spilled over to the fourth, when the Warriors erased all hope of a Houston comeback.
  • Han Solo's 'Return of the Jedi' blaster up for auction

    Han Solo's 'Return of the Jedi' blaster up for auction

    We finally see the famous gambling session in which Han won the Millennium Falcon , but it doesn't work as well as it should. In an interview with ComicBook , Howard discussed Lucas' visit to the Solo set.
    Bernie Sanders announces he's seeking reelection to the US Senate

    Bernie Sanders announces he's seeking reelection to the US Senate

    Several independent candidates have also indicated they plan to seek Sanders' senate seat in November. So far, one Republican has filed petitions to run against Sanders: Jasdeep Pannu of Essex.
    Royal wedding: Couple leave Windsor after wedding

    Royal wedding: Couple leave Windsor after wedding

    For the evening, the duchess changed out of her wedding dress into a lily-white, silk crepe Stella McCartney halter-neck gown. Serge Normant, who flew from NY for the big day, said it was "dreamy" to work with her, adding: "She was very happy".

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.