Grant Langstons Manager killed by Mountain Lion

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Grant Langstons manager killed
Monday, 12th January, 2004


US 125cc Motocross Champion Grant Langston’s manager Mark Reynolds has been killed by a mountain lion whilst mountain biking .
The Ornage County Register newspaper in California reported that A 110-pound mountain lion that authorities believe killed Reynolds and mauled a woman mountain biker was shot dead in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park late Thursday (Jan 7th).

Reynolds’ body was found near where the woman cyclist was attacked but an autopsy has yet to be performed to determine the cause of his death. Tests were also being done on both lions killed to determine if one of them killed Reynolds.

Reynolds was an account executive with OMS Sports in Anaheim.

“I can’t begin to tell you the amount of grief and pain our company and clients are suffering right now,” said OMS Sports President Fred Bramblett. “I’m numb. This is so unreal. Mark was a very loyal, very hard-working employee here at OMS Sports and will be sorely missed by all of those he came across.

“Such a tragic, tragic event.”

In addition to his love for motocross, Reynolds, 35, was an avid cyclist and competitive mountain bike racer. Just this past summer he won the California Race Series’ Rim Nordic Stage Race’s 35-39 expert class overall title – capturing the dirt criteria race and second place podium finishes in the cross country and hill climb events.

“This isn’t just a loss to OMS Sports, it’s a loss to the motocross industry in general,” added Bramblett. “Our heart-felt prayers go out to Mark’s family and friends.”
 

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I heard he was active in motocross but had know idea how involved he was. I just couldnt ever imagine being attacked by an animal like that. I wont repeat it here but the cause of death stated in the autopsy is pretty bad.
 

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Unreal! Heard about that the other day but had no idea who the guy was that got killed. The woman was supposedly being dragged away by the face with her friend pulling her by the legs, OMG! Hard to belive that a person in as good a shape as that could be taken out by a mountain lion only 110 lbs.
 
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I heard the interview on NPR with one of the guys that helped rescue the gal that was drug off her bike. Always a greivous thing. A Cat nearly always comes from above and behind using momemtum as an advantage. This is an animal that is able to bring down a bull elk and makes quick work of lesser mammals. In nearly all cases it is a juvenile that attacks a human. Bear in mind that this is a possibility in any of the western states and anyone that has ever taken a hike or trail ride may have been scoped out, even in developed areas. But also bear in mind there is not a cougar lurking just outa sight everytime you go out - the odds are way in our favor! The main thing is just be aware that it is a possibility, just like a house cat they most often will balk when confronted.

It is the one animal that kinda freaks me out at work here in the NW.
I am a Forester, work by myself - me and my dog anyway, deep in the hills almost everyday, way away from the rig and cell coverage. No face to face encounters in almost 30 years of forest land and wilderness travel - knock on wood, although I know I have been watched a time or two.
 
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I heard the interview on NPR with one of the guys that helped rescue the gal that was drug off her bike. Always a greivous thing. A Cat nearly always comes from above and behind using momemtum as an advantage. This is an animal that is able to bring down a bull elk and makes quick work of lesser mammals. In nearly all cases it is a juvenile that attacks a human. Bear in mind that this is a possibility in any of the western states and anyone that has ever taken a hike or trail ride may have been scoped out, even in developed areas. But also bear in mind there is not a cougar lurking just outa sight everytime you go out - the odds are way in our favor! The main thing is just be aware that it is a possibility, just like a house cat they most often will balk when confronted.

It is the one animal that kinda freaks me out at work here in the NW.
I am a Forester, work by myself - me and my dog anyway, deep in the hills almost everyday, way away from the rig and cell coverage. No face to face encounters in almost 30 years of forest land and wilderness travel - knock on wood, although I know I have been watched a time or two
 
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Originally posted by KXTodd
Hard to belive that a person in as good a shape as that could be taken out by a mountain lion only 110 lbs.
I thought the same then i realized "what if my 4lb house cat weighed 110lb?" I probably wouldn't stand a chance, hell my 110 lb dog is weary of her too!
 

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Yeah, sad news, didn't know he was his manger though. :( Freaks me out to work the toll road at night, I feel like I'm being stalked! :scream:
 
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Wow, closer to home than I though being a mxer. I wouldn't want to take on an angry 20 lb cat let alone a 110 lb with 20 slashing tools and teeth. Just thinking about I'm afraid I've soiled myself, gotta go.
 

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That's really icky
 

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Sorry to hear, very tragic.

Unfortunatly,....anything moving swiftly through a cats territory, can  trigger an attack.  :ugg:

 
 

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Wow, so much for the theory "they're more afraid of us than we are of them". This wasn't a kid, pet or frail little old lady, so it must've been an unusually agressive cat that took him out. Horrible way to go.

HobbRoff, in between me and you in Rocky Bay, a friend of mine found cougar tracks in the snow inside of her own recently. Thinks its the same one that visited her last year. I'm sure you know the area, between Victor & Vaughn, right on the water, so I don't think it's scared of people much.
 

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As it has been mentioned previously, Cougars are designed to take down large game (animals exceeding 800lbs). Aggression has nothing to do with the cats ability to take down a person (something that weighs maybe 200lbs)... it's called evolution. :cool:
 
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Tahuya Rat, know the area well, My wife grew up in Port Orchard out by the airport, family in Belfair, done some work for Penninsula Light. Yep, their around here, definitly not an endangered species.
 

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That's defanitely a horrible way to go. Every once in a while we find cougar or bear tracks right outside of our yard. Makes you kind of nervous when your alone outside!!!