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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

attack.

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.

--- Ends/KH

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