+RocketMan Posted January 10, 2004 Share Posted January 10, 2004 I thought that this story deserved its own thread so I am starting one. There was a mention of this incident buried in this thread. Here is an excerpt of an article in the San Diego Union Tribune: In this case, a lion apparently attacked the two mountain bikers. Investigators said mountain biker Mark Jeffrey Reynolds, 35, a Foothills Ranch account executive for a sports management firm in Anaheim, was probably bent over fixing his bike's broken chain when a 2-year-old, 110-pound male mountain lion attacked and killed him at about noon Thursday. The attack happened in the southeast corner of Whiting Ranch, north of Portola Hills and west of Santiago Canyon Road. Reynolds died from "the removal of organs in his chest and abdomen cavity by a predator, in this case, a mountain lion," said Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department, quoting autopsy results made public yesterday. "The investigation indicates his bike broke down," Amormino said. "The chain fell off and while he was fixing the bike, the lion attacked him." Reynolds' mother, Dona Reynolds, told The Associated Press that her son raced mountain bikes and had won competitions in his age group. She also said he had arranged for free bikes as gifts for children at Christmas. "Mark Reynolds was doing what he loved the most, and that was riding his bicycle," she said. Investigators said they think that after the lion killed Reynolds, it dragged the body off the trail and partially covered it, which is normal lion behavior. Then, at about 4:30 p.m., Anne Hjelle was bicycling along the same trail when she was attacked by a lion. Debbie Nichols was nearby and saw the animal jump on Hjelle's back, knock her off her bike, grab her by the head and start to drag her away. Nichols chased the lion for about 100 yards and got hold of Hjelle's legs, kicking the lion and screaming. The animal didn't release Hjelle, 30, until a group of mountain bikers began throwing rocks at it. One of the rocks reportedly hit the lion in the head and it ran off, leaving Hjelle bloody and near death. The entire article can be found here. I am always concerned about this, particularly when I am hiking along. The experts advise that you should stand your ground, make yourself look big (wave your arms in the air) and make noise if you encounter a mountain lion. I would think that someone riding a mountain bike would look big. I am shocked that a lion would be bold enough to drag someone off a bike. Where does that leave me when I am hiking down the trail by myself? Rocket Man Quote Link to comment
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