Probe into rare cougar attack in US that left one dead

phys.org | 5/21/2018 | Staff
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Wildlife officials in the US state of Washington on Monday were probing what prompted a cougar to attack two cyclists over the weekend, leaving one dead and the other seriously injured.

The incident on Saturday marked the first such deadly cougar attack in the western state in nearly 100 years.

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Authorities said the animal that pounced on the two mountain bikers after stalking them was a three-year-old male cougar that looked "emaciated," weighing in at about 100 pounds (45 kilos) when normally it should weigh upward of 140 pounds.

"It was skinnier than normal," Alan Myers, of the Department of Fish and Wildlife, told the Seattle Times.

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He said tests would be carried out on the brain of the animal, which was shot after the attack, to determine if it was sick.

Isaac Sederbaum, 31, the cyclist who survived the...
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