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Survivor of cougar attack that killed 1 leaves hospital

Agents with the Washington State Fish and Wildlife Police tracked and killed this cougar that is believed responsible for attacking two mountain bikers in the woods northeast of Snoqualmie on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (The Seattle Times / Courtesy photo)
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SEATTLE – The survivor of a cougar attack near North Bend has been released from the hospital.

KING5-TV reported that 31-year-old Issac Sederbaum, released Tuesday, suffered lacerations and other injuries when the cougar attacked him as he rode his mountain bike in a remote area. His riding companion, 32-year-old S.J. Brooks, died in the attack.

The two victims were known for their cycling advocacy work in the community.

When Sederbaum escaped the cougar and found cell reception, he called 911, expressing concern for his friend who didn’t make it out.

Sederbaum is a social science researcher and works at the Vera Institute in Seattle.

Brooks founded the Seattle chapter of Friends on Bikes and was interested in creating a community where women, trans and non-binary people of color could enjoy biking.