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RE: Seattle runners. Cougar attack (fatality) in Washington: Same trail as the course used for downhill marathons?

armchair observer wrote:

These is sad to hear about, but I wonder why they didn't dismount and use their bikes as "defense" shields as I and I'm sure others have done with dogs.

Sounds like they did:

Captain Alan Myers with Fish and Wildlife says the two men didn't do anything to provoke the animal.
"It sounds like they were just riding bikes when of the victims hears a scream from his partner and sees they're being chased by a cougar," Myers said.
The men then fought it off once, swinging their bikes and the mountain lion ran back in the woods.
"Make a lot of noise, which is exactly what we tell people to do. Don't run, whatever you do, don't run, throw things at it, make noise. It sounds like that's what they started doing initially."
But then, officials say as the men were trying to understand what just occurred, the mountain lion attacked again.
The man who survived said he had his entire head in the mountain lion's mouth, but then his friend ran away and the animal chased him. That is when the survivor made his bike ride to call 911.


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