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Cougar Attack Injures Cyclist in Washington

A cougar attack on a group of cyclists in Washington state resulted in one woman being hospitalized, highlighting the rare yet potential danger these large cats pose to outdoor enthusiasts.

The incident occurred on a trail northeast of Fall City, around 25 miles east of Seattle, when five bikers encountered the cougar at approximately 12:50 p.m.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife responded to the scene, removing a subadult cougar and noting the possibility of a second, unlocated cougar based on eyewitness accounts.

Victim in Stable Condition

The woman, whose identity has not been disclosed, is currently in stable condition, according to officials.

There was no immediate information on whether the other members of the biking group sustained injuries during the attack.

“The idea is to convince the cougar that you are not prey, but a potential danger,” according to state Department of Fish and Wildlife guidelines.

Cougars in Washington

Cougars, while seldom seen by humans, have been responsible for about two dozen documented injuries since 1924, including a fatal incident in 2018. Recent years have seen minor injuries from cougar attacks, with victims often escaping severe harm through prompt and loud interventions.

Experts and wildlife officials emphasize the importance of not running from a cougar, as it may provoke an attack. Instead, they advise making oneself appear larger, making noise, and fighting back if attacked, using any available objects or even bare hands to deter the animal.

With information from CBS News

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