Washington State Fish and Wildlife Police confer with an individual from the King County Medical Examiner's and a King County Sheriff's deputy on a remote gravel road above Snoqualmie, WA., following a fatal cougar attack. Saturday May 19, 2018. One man was killed and another seriously injured when they encountered a cougar Saturday while mountain biking in Washington state, officials said. (Alan Berner /The Seattle Times via AP)

Cougar kills 1 mountain biker, injures 2nd near Seattle

May 20, 2018 - 1:23 am

NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say one man was killed and his friend injured when a cougar attacked them during a morning mountain bike ride outside Seattle.

The cougar was later found up a tree near the dead man's body, where agents for the state's Fish and Wildlife police shot and killed it hours after the Saturday attack, the Seattle Times reported.

The names of neither man were immediately released.

The injured man was in satisfactory condition at a hospital. Authorities say the cougar initially attacked him before running away. Moments later, it returned with deadly results.

Rich Beausoleil, the state's bear and cougar specialist, says it was only the second fatality in Washington state in the last 94 years.

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