Necropsy On Killer Cougar Does Not Explain Why It Attacked, Killed Bicyclist Near North Bend, WA
July 17, 2018
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(OLYMPIA, WA.) – The results of a state authorized Necropsy done on a cougar that was shot and killed, has not shed any new light on why it attacked, in a savage and on-going manner, two bicyclists near North Bend last May killing one of them.
At the time of the man’s death, wildlife experts said the two had done “all the right things” in trying to scare the cougar off after they realized it was stalking them in attack mode. In most instances, experts say the kinds of tactics the two bikers used should have scared the animal off.
In this case, those tactics failed and neither man was carrying bear spray or a firearm as a defensive weapon. The big cat attacked both men, injuring one and killing the other.
The Necropsy found the cougar was a bit on the lean side but with a body weight and general condition that falls within the normal range for a cougar of its age, according to Dr. Kristin Mansfield, a vet with the State Department of of Fish and Wildlife.
There were also no abnormalities and no signs of disease found that would explain the rare attack on humans which took place the morning of May 19th in the wooded hills northeast of Snoqualmie, Washington near Lake Hancock Road and the North Fork of the Snoqualmie River.
The two mountain bikers were out for what should have been an enjoyable, uneventful morning ride when they were attacked by a fully grown male cougar. The man who died in the attack was 32-year old SJ Brooks. The survivor was 31-year old Issac Sederbaum.
Fatal cougar attacks in America are so rare that your chances are better of dying from a lightning strike or from a domestic dog attack.
More on the story of the attacks on the two bicyclists here .