Man's condition in fatal cougar attack upgraded

Man's condition in fatal cougar attack upgraded

Man's condition in fatal cougar attack upgraded

Reports have indicated that a cougar who killed a mountain biker and attacked another one near Seattle may have been emaciated.

Abbott said authorities have not identified the victims, only saying that the one who survived is a 31-year-old man and the other was a 32-year-old man.

When the cougar released him, Sederbaum said he jumped on his bike to get away and looked back to see the cougar dragging Brooks into the woods. But authorities said Sunday medical personnel upgraded his condition to "satisfactory".

The animal was atop the body, said Capt. Alan Myers of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police.

The cougar like this one was later killed
The cougar like this one was later killed

DNA testing is being used to determine if it is the same cougar in the attack. Sederbaum, bleeding and seriously injured, rode two miles before he was able to find cellphone coverage and call 911.

The Washington Department of Fish and Game was tracking the animal down, which reportedly ran into the woods following the attack. The animal was shot at but it quickly fled.

The Fish and Wildlife department maintains a map of cougar incidents for the preceding year.

"This is not a normal way that a cougar acts", Abbott said.

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Myers said the cougar's behavior was very abnormal.

Police later confirmed that the cougar was found and "euthanized". In North America, there have been about 25 deadly attacks and 95 nonfatal attacks reported in the past century, but more attacks have been reported in the U.S. West and Canada over the past 20 years than in the previous 80, according to Fish and Wildlife.

Over the weekend the state of Washington dealt with its first cougar attack since 2009.

Officials found the cougar on top of Mr Brooks' body near the gravel road. The cougar saw that and went after the second victim.

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In Washington state, for example, seven of all reported attacks occurred during the 1990s.

The tests will be conducted by Washington State University's Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory College, which carries out some half-million such procedures a year.

Rich Beausoleil, the state's bear and cougar specialist, said that cougars are territorial, and they limit their own population growth to about two cougars per 39 square miles.

A man who was injured by a cougar while riding a mountain bike in Washington state is in serious condition at a Seattle hospital. Instead, authorities advise people to never take their eyes off the animal and to try to appear larger and more intimidating.

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