Cougar kills man, seriously injures another north of North Bend


King County Sheriff’s Office is reporting one man has been killed and another injured in a cougar attack north of North Bend.

It occurred late this morning and involved two mountain bikers, reportedly.

One victim, a 31 year old man was taken to Harborview, which reported him to be “awake and alert and in serious condition.”

KOMO reports that after the attack he rode 2 miles to get cell phone reception to report the incident.

The other was found deceased with the cougar over his body.

A sheriff’s office spokesman was headed to the scene, reported to be somewhere off the North Fork Road and road to Lake Hancock.

WDFW officers were said to be pursuing the cougar.

The area is primarily industrial timberlands owned by the county.

The Tacoma News Tribune is reporting that the last cougar attack in Washington occurred in 2009, in Stevens County and involved a young boy, and the last fatal cougar attack here occurred in 1924, in central Okanagan County.

More details as they emerge.

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