A cougar attacked two mountain bikers in Washington state Saturday morning, killing one and seriously injuring the other man.
The biker who was killed fled into the woods to get away from the cougar after the initial attack and the animal chased him down, officials said.
The cougar attack occurred on an isolated mountain road near North Bend, about 30 miles east of Seattle.
“The second victim turned and started to run away. The cougar saw that and went after the second victim. The first victim saw his friend being pulled by the cougar. He got on his bike and started to bike away.”
Cougar attacks on humans, particularly fatal attacks, are rare.
Since 1890, cougars have attacked people fewer than 100 times, according to the nonprofit Cougar Network, and about 20 of those attacks have been fatal.
The paper said that the last fatality in Washington state apparently was in 1924. A mountain biker’s partially eaten body was found in 2004 in Southern California on the same day another biker was attacked in the same area.