Cougar Kills US Cyclist and Mauls Another.
Seattle, May 20 (ONA) --- US wildlife officers in Washington state
have shot dead a cougar that killed a cyclist and mauled another.
The two cyclists were in North Bend, about 30 miles (50km)
from Seattle, when the attack occurred. The injured man used his
mobile phone to seek help.
The rider who died was dragged away by the cougar to its den.
Wildlife officials said it was only the second fatal cougar attack
in Washington state in the past 100 years.
Tracker dogs were used to locate the animal, hours after the
Cougars - also known as mountain lions - are the fourth largest
cat species in the world, but they rarely attack humans.
Wildlife officials however said more cougar attacks have been
reported in the western US and Canada over the past 20 years than in
the previous 80, the BBC reported.
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