Worker killed at Portland-area wildcat sanctuary

Worker killed at Portland-area wildcat sanctuary

Worker killed at Portland-area wildcat sanctuary

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on November 10, 2013 at 5:49 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.  -- Oregon authorities released the name Sunday of the employee killed this weekend by a wild cat at an animal sanctuary.

Renee Radziwon, 36, of Portland, died in the Saturday night attack, Deputy Mark Nikolai of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

No details of attack or type of animal were released. The WildCat Haven Sanctuary is located in the suburb of Sherwood, outside of Portland.

Sheriff's Sgt. Robert Wurpes said Saturday that the animal was locked in a cage following the attack.

WildCat Haven officials did not immediately respond to a telephone and email messages left Sunday.

Its website describes the facility as a "last hope" for more than 60 wildcats that have been abandoned or abused, including bobcats, cougars, lynx and tigers.

Cheryl and Michael Tuller opened the facility in 2001.

Last summer, the sanctuary announced plans to move from its 8-acre facility in Sherwood to an 82-acre site near Silverton and launched a fundraising effort. The Tullers did not set a timetable for the move, the Oregonian reported.

The facility is not open to the public, but does provide on-site tours to donors.

In February, a 24-year-old Washington state woman interning at a California wild cat park was killed by a lion while she was cleaning the cage. The woman's family called the incident at Cat Haven an accident. In that case, investigators believed the 5-year-old male lion lifted the door of a partially closed feeding cage with its paw and killed Dianna Hanson as she cleaned a bigger enclosure area.

Family members said they didn't believe it was a mauling, but rather a lion's rough play that turned tragic.

 

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