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A cougar attacked a group of five cyclists on a trail in Washington state. One person was injured and taken to hospital. There was also a second individual of this animal species in the area – the search for it is ongoing.

One of two fawn pumas prowling near Snoqualmie, Washington, attacked mountain bikers. The incident occurred on Saturday around noon local time near the Tokul Creek. A group of five cyclists managed to overpower the wild cat and then call park officials.

“According to reports, a 60-year-old woman was injured. She was scratched and bitten by a puma,” reads a statement from the park service. The injured woman was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

They are looking for the second puma

Becky Elder, spokeswoman for Washington State Fish and Wildlife, told CNN that a park officer shot the cougar with a firearm immediately after arriving at the scene.

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Initial reports indicate that cyclists used a bicycle to subdue the puma. The Washington State Fish and Wildlife Department said in a press release that park officials and a tracking dog were searching for the second puma.

Elder noted that mountain lion attacks on humans are extremely rare. “There have been two fatal cougar attacks in Washington state and approximately 20 other recorded encounters that have resulted in human injury over the last 100 years,” she said.

Puma half (Puma concolor), also called a cougar, is a predatory mammal from the felid family that inhabits the Americas from Canada to Patagonia. It is the largest representative of small cats and the fifth largest feline in the world (after the tiger, lion, jaguar and leopard).

Fawn puma (Puma concolor). Illustrative photo Luk/AdobeStock

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