Mountain Lion Attacks Seatte SJW's, Eats One


By Valerie Edwards and Hannah Moore For Daily Mail


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. 

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SJ Brooks
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The 32-year-old biker who was killed in a horrific cougar attack in Washington State, has been identified as SJ Brooks (left). His friend, Isaac Sederbaum (right), 31, survived with injuries

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 

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 

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 (pictured) 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

According to the Seattle Bike Blog, Brooks (pictured) 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

First responders said the cougar was standing over Brooks when authorities discovered his body

First responders said the cougar was standing over Brooks when authorities discovered his body

The two men had been riding mountain bikes near North Bend when the cougar began to chase them

The two men had been riding mountain bikes near North Bend when the cougar began to chase them

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. 

'Certain cultures and certain genders aren't associated with bicycling even though all those people do bicycle,' Brooks said in October 2017.

According to the Seattle Times, Brooks was the director of operations at Hillman City Collaboratory and was a research assistant at William James College in Massachusetts.

Brooks' LinkedIn profile also reveals he had been the office manager of G&O Family Cyclery in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood.

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While living in Boston, Brooks was a manager at Boston Center for the Arts and a bicycle mechanic. Brooks received a doctorate in philosophy at Boston University in 2016.

Wildlife officials were unable to trap the big cat initially as it ran into the woods, and officers with the Washington Department of Fish and Game spent hours trying to track it. 

Eventually at about 4pm, the cougar was found and euthanized. 

Steve Mickel showed reporters footage of a cougar he had seen in the same area just a few weeks ago, though there is no way to tell if the cat is the same one that killed Brooks.

Authorities said on Sunday that the cougar appeared to have been emaciated

Authorities said on Sunday that the cougar appeared to have been emaciated

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police Capt Alan Myers said the cougar was about 100 pounds, when a typical three-year-old male in the area would be 140 to 180 pounds

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police Capt Alan Myers said the cougar was about 100 pounds, when a typical three-year-old male in the area would be 140 to 180 pounds

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE APPROACHED BY A COUGAR 

  • Stop, stand tall and don't run. Pick up small children. Don't run. A cougar's instinct is to chase.
  • Do not approach the animal, especially if it is near a kill or with kittens.
  • Try to appear larger than the cougar. Never take your eyes off the animal or turn your back. Do not crouch down or try to hide.
  • If the animal displays aggressive behavior, shout, wave your arms and throw rocks. The idea is to convince the cougar that you are not prey, but a potential danger.
  • If the cougar attacks, fight back aggressively and try to stay on your feet. Cougars have been driven away by people who have fought back.

Source: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife 

Authorities said on Sunday that the cougar appeared to have been emaciated.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police Capt Alan Myers said the cougar was about 100 pounds, when a typical three-year-old male in the area would be 140 to 180 pounds. 

A necropsy will try to determine why the animal was underweight. Wildlife officials also said an attack like this is very rare. 

'It's extremely rare for this kind of thing to have occurred and horribly unfortunate,' Myers said. 

'It's very, very rare for cougars to behave this way, in fact the stats on this are quite stunning.'

Only one other person in Washington has died from a cougar attack in the last 100 years, the Seattle Times reported. 

While 15 others have been attacked over the same period of time, their injuries were not fatal. 

A necropsy will try to determine why the animal was underweight. Wildlife officials also said an attack like this is very rare and only one other person in Washington has died from a cougar attack in the last 100 years

A necropsy will try to determine why the animal was underweight. Wildlife officials also said an attack like this is very rare and only one other person in Washington has died from a cougar attack in the last 100 years

Officials said you should never run from a cougar, as they are more likely to attack (stock image)  

Officials said you should never run from a cougar, as they are more likely to attack (stock image)  



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