The attacks Saturday morning — the first fatal one in the state in nearly a century — was uncharacteristic of cougars, which are normally solitary animals that run off when confronted by humans, said Capt. Alan Myers of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The adult male cougar stalked the cyclists, and instead of running away after the victims tried to scare it off, the animal returned and attacked them.
Brooks, 32, and Sederbaum, 31, were mountain biking on a dirt road near North Bend, a foothills town 30 miles from Seattle when they realized that a cougar was chasing them. They managed to drive the cat away, at least at first, by making loud noises — something that authorities recommend people do during such encounters. The cougar ran toward the bushes after one of the victims swung a bicycle at it, Abbott said.
But just as the two were about to leave, the cougar jumped back and pounced on Sederbaum, holding his head with its jaw and shaking him from side to side. At one point, Brooks got off the bike and ran away, catching the attention of the big cat, whose instinct was to chase. Injured and bloodied, Sederbaum hopped on his bike and rode away. He looked back and saw the cougar dragging his friend into the woods.'
Well, if you asked me, he's some fine friend. Granted, he'd just been traumatically injured and mauled, but to just bike away? Come on.
I shouldn't judge, I wasn't there, but I'd never let a friend be dragged away by a big cat. And honestly, the cat wasn't all that huge, only 100 pounds. Just do a search on the internet and you'll see some pictures of really big cougars, some that look like they'd be at home in an African pride.
Like this one. Fighting this beast off by hand would be a losing proposition.
And frankly, although the article says we aren't on the menu, we are in fact on the menu. It's rare, but they do attack. I worked with someone who was killed by a cougar while jogging on a trail right behind Placerville.
Stay alert, stay safe, and go armed it you're going out in the woods.