US wildlife officers in Washington state have shot dead a cougar that killed a cyclist and mauled another.
The two cyclists were in North Bend, about 30 miles (50km) from Seattle, when the attack occurred. The injured man used his mobile phone to seek help.
The rider who died was dragged away by the cougar to its den, said King County sheriff spokesman Sergeant Ryan Abbot.
Cougars – also known as mountain lions – are the fourth largest cat species in the world, but they rarely attack humans.
Wildlife officials however say more cougar attacks have been reported in the western US and Canada over the past 20 years than in the previous 80.
KIRO-TV reported that the injured man called 911 shortly before 11am and shouted: “Can you hear me? Help!” and then the call hung up.
Police drove up the trail, found the victim’s bike and went into the woods where they came across the cougar standing over the victim’s body, Abbott said.
“He or she, I don’t know if the cougar was a male or female, had the body of the victim down in his den,” said Ryan.