The attack occurred near the town of Dunlap, California at the Project Survival Cat Haven, which is about 40 miles east of Fresno.
Here’s what you need to know…
1. The Attack Happened Around Noon Today
Fresno emergency services received a call at 12:32 p.m. of an attack on a person by a lion, according to the Fresno Bee. The person in question had died by the time paramedics reached the scene.
2. The Victim Worked at the Sanctuary
NBC Southern California reports the employee entered the cage with the male African lion and was mauled to death.
Lt. Tony Spada of California’s Department of Fish & Wildlife said:
This facility has a very good history, in this case, someone just got too close.
— KMPH FOX 26 (@KMPHFOX26) March 6, 2013
3. The Lion, Named Cous Cous, Was “Dispatched” by Fresno Sheriff’s Deputy
“The lion was also killed,” CalFire spokesman Ryan Michaels told ABC News. Cous Cous, was a four year old Lion that had been with the sanctuary since it was eight weeks old.
4. Cat Haven is Home to 24 Rare Wildcats
According to ABC 30:
Cat Haven has housed Bengal tigers, Siberian lynx, caracals, jaguars and leopards of various types as well as bobcats native to the area. Its founder Dale Anderson, described the private zoo several years ago as one of a handful of facilities across the U.S. that has all of the big cat species in one place.
5. The Conservation Park Has Been in Operation For 14 years
Cathaven.com describes the park as:
Founded in 1993 with the purchase of 100 scenic acres just west of King’s Canyon National Park the Cat Haven offers guided tours of some of the rarest cats in the world. It also promotes grass-root level support for range country conservation through Project Survival, a 501 (c) (3) organization.