Cougar kills one mountain biker and injures another in Washington state

Mountain lion is tracked and killed after second biker called 911 and screamed: Can you hear me? Assistance!

A mountain lion killed one mountain biker and mauled another in Washington state on Saturday when they ride into its territory. State officials afterward tracked the animal and shot it dead, police told.

The mountain bikers were riding together down a remote, backwoods trail at 11 am local time in an area near North Bend, Washington state, around 30 miles( 48 km) east of Seattle, when the they encountered the animal.

In the ensuing assault, the first rider received deep scratches and the other was dragged away by the puma to its den, King county sheriff spokesman Sergeant Ryan Abbot said.

The 31 -year-old survivor rode two miles out of the area and called 911.

KIRO-TV reported that the injured man called 911 shortly before 11 am and hollered:” Can you hear me? Help !” and then the bellow hung up.

Police drove up the road, find the victim’s bike and went into the woods where they came across the cougar standing over the victim’s body, Abbott said.

” He or she, I don’t know if the puma was a male or female, had the body of the victim down in his den ,” told Ryan.

A deputy took a shot at the animal, sending it fleeing into the woods. Officers of the state fish and game department tracked the cat with dogs and killed it, Abbott said.
The surviving cyclist was taken to hospital in Seattle with serious but none-life-threatening traumata, he told.

Fatal cougar attacks are extremely rare in North America, with only about two dozen are available in the last 100 years, the majority of members of them involving children.

It was only the second deadly assault by a mountain lion in Washington state in the last 100 years, Abbott told.

Cougars are the fourth largest cat species worldwide, with adult females weighing up to 141 pounds( 64 kgs) and males weighing as much as 220 pounds( 100 kgs ).

They attack prey by ambush and usually attack humen only if cornered.

Reuters and Associated Press contributed to this report .

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