Lion kills female volunteer, who was a new intern at Cat Haven, a private exotic animal park. Sheriff's deputies shot the lion after it had killed the female volunteer.
Authorities want to know what provoked a lion at an exotic animal park in California to maul to death a 24-year-old woman who had been working as an intern for just a few weeks.
The woman was killed Wednesday when she entered the male African lion's enclosure at Cat Haven, authorities said.
Sheriff's deputies found her severely injured and still lying inside the enclosure with the lion nearby, Fresno County sheriff's Lt. Bob Miller said. Another park worker couldn't lure the lion into another pen, so deputies shot and killed it. But the woman died at the scene, Miller said.
Paul Hanson, a Seattle-area attorney, identified the victim as his daughter Dianna Hanson.