One man was killed and another hospitalized after they were attacked by a cougar while riding their mountain bikes Saturday morning in the woods northeast of Snoqualmie, said the King County Sheriff’s Office.
This was just the second fatal cougar attack in the state in the last 94 years, according to the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Using two tracking dogs, agents for the state’s Fish and Wildlife police shot and killed the cougar a little before 4 p.m. The cougar was 50 feet up a tree 50 to 200 yards from where the man’s body had been found, said Capt. Alan Myers, of the Fish and Wildlife police.
The injured man, 31, was attacked first before the cougar turned on his friend. He initially was listed in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center, but by late Saturday afternoon was upgraded to satisfactory. The names of the two men were not released Saturday.
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“They were riding when they saw a cougar, kind of stalking them. They did what they were supposed to, which is make noise and distract the cougar. The cougar ran away,” said Sgt. Ryan Abbott, of the King County Sheriff’s Office.
He went on to describe the harrowing next few minutes that happened near Lake Hancock northeast of Snoqualmie.