DailyMail The 32-year-old biker who was killed by a starving cougar in a horrific attack that left another man injured in Washington State has been identified. SJ Brooks was killed on Saturday morning during a mountain-bike ride with 31-year-old Isaac Sederbaum near North Bend, about 30 miles east of Seattle, when the cougar attacked. Authorities said the two men did everything right, getting off their bikes, making noise and trying to scare the animal off. One even smacked it with his bike after it charged. The cougar ran off, but it returned and attacked when the men got back on their bikes. Sederbaum told KOMO News that at one point his entire head was inside the cougar’s mouth, but when his friend began to run away, the cougar dropped him and chased Brooks. He then rode his bike to try and find reception so he could call 911. The injured man called 911 just after 11am, and shouted: ‘Can you hear me? Help!’ The call then cut out. Sederbaum survived the attack but was rushed to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries. First responders said the cougar was standing over Brooks when authorities discovered his body. ‘The cougar had actually dragged the victim back to the wood line and he was found dead there,’ Sargent Ryan Abbott from the King County Sheriff’s office said. According to the Seattle Bike Blog, Brooks was an avid biker, who co-founded Friends on Bikes Seattle to create a bike community where women/trans/femme/non-binary people of color could come together and have fun on bikes.
A horrific animal attack occurred outside of Seattle this weekend, as a mountain lion attacked two cyclists, leaving one cyclist dead and the other seriously injured in only the second fatal cougar attack in Washington state in the last 100 years. The men initially scared the mountain lion off by making noise, but as the men got back on their bikes to flee the area, it attacked again killing 32-year-old SJ Brooks and gravely wounding 31-year-old Isaac Sederbaum. The mountain lion was eventually tracked and killed by authorities, at which point it was found to be a three-year-old male which was starving, it was only 100-pounds while the average male cougar weighs 140-pounds at three-years-old. The mountain lion was emaciated, and it will be interesting too see if this cougar was dealing with a significant injury that made hunting its normal prey impossible, which forced it to hunt humans as a last resort. Although cougar attacks are rare, they have been known to attack mountain bikers in the past, a person speeding by on a bike is thought to trigger a predatory response in the dangerous big cats. It’s horrible and rare to see a loss of human life due to a mountain lion attack, my bet would be that this starving cougar was seriously injured and unable to hunt its natural prey, so it’s options were resort to hunting humans or starve to death.
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