DUNLAP, Calif. (AP) — A lion has killed a worker at a private wild animal park in Central California.
A Cal Fire spokesman told the AP that the victim was fatally injured after getting into an enclosure with the lion at Cat Haven in Dunlap, Calif. The facility, which is licensed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, is about 45 miles east of Fresno in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Officials say it has a good safety record.
A spokeswoman for the nonprofit that operates the park says a 4-year-old male lion named Couscous had been raised at Cat Haven since he was 8 weeks old. A state official told The Fresno Bee the lion was shot and killed by a deputy.