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W. Washington woman killed by lion at Calif. animal park
komonews.com ^ | March 6, 2013 | GOSIA WOZNIACKA

Posted on 03/07/2013 2:52:57 PM PST by ilovesarah2012

DUNLAP, Calif. (AP) - Authorities are trying to determine what provoked a lion at an exotic animal park in Central California to attack and maul to death a 24-year-old intern from Washington state.

She was attacked and killed Wednesday when she entered the male African lion's enclosure at Cat Haven, about 45 miles east of Fresno, authorities said. Sheriff's deputies found her severely injured and still lying inside the enclosure with the lion nearby, said Fresno County sheriff's Lt. Bob Miller.

Another park worker couldn't lure the lion into another pen, so deputies shot and killed it to safely reach the wounded woman, but she died at the scene, he said.

Paul Hanson, a Seattle-area attorney, identified the victim as his daughter, Dianna Hanson, of the north Seattle suburb of Brier, Wash. He said he dropped her off at Cat Haven on Jan. 2 for a six-month internship.

"It was just a dream job for her," he told The Associated Press late Wednesday, adding that she hoped to parlay work at the facility into a job with a zoo later in the summer. He said she gave him a little tour and showed him the lion Cous Cous that authorities said killed her.

Hanson said his daughter had worked with big cats before and "was absolutely fearless," though she told him she would not be allowed to go in the lion cage.

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TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: california; intern; lion

1 posted on 03/07/2013 2:52:59 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Birds gotta fly, lions gotta eat.


2 posted on 03/07/2013 2:53:44 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: ilovesarah2012

another eco-nut?

remember the guy in NYC who did this last year?

I wrote a parody of that guy:

http://asspos.blogspot.com/2012/09/i-want-to-marry-tiger.html


3 posted on 03/07/2013 2:57:23 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Anyone that has ever owned a house cat should know better than getting in the cage with any large cat.

Cats are given to random playful roughousing that is bad enough for a 10 pounder. They don’t know where to draw the line.

Its not likely that the lion intended to kill; they play rough with their own cubs too.


4 posted on 03/07/2013 3:00:33 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: ilovesarah2012
Authorities are trying to determine what provoked a lion at an exotic animal park in Central California to attack and maul to death a 24-year-old intern from Washington state.

Yes, please continue to struggle to determine what your average kindergartner could figure out in two seconds.

But first they have to go through the checklist:
1) Was it a hate crime?
2) Were any specially-protected groups involved?
3) Did it involve a high-powered assault rifle?
4) Was the mauling justified in order to promote officer safety?
5) Was the lion, in fact, a pit bull?
6) Was the attack the result of a history of human-on-lion oppression?
5 posted on 03/07/2013 3:01:29 PM PST by fr_freak
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To: GeronL

>> “another eco-nut?” <<

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Or a feather-head.

Like “Rene” in Colorado that reached through the tiger cage to rub the tiger’s nose, and ended up feeding him.


6 posted on 03/07/2013 3:04:47 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: ilovesarah2012
Authorities are trying to determine what provoked a lion at an exotic animal park

Really? A young woman, with little common sense (obviously), enters the enclosure of a LION, said lion does what lions do, and they need to determine a cause?

I really blame the portrayal of wild animals as something other than what they are. That they need OUR protection. Never is it emphasized that wild animals are unpredictable and deadly. Beautiful to look at; but, only those professionals that have worked with animals like this for years should be allowed anywhere near their cages.

7 posted on 03/07/2013 3:06:13 PM PST by LibertarianLiz
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To: ilovesarah2012

From TV news reports - she was one of only two employees on duty that day. Feeding time for the lion was at 10:00 a.m. and no-one knows why she was in the enclosure at 12:00.

Her father’s description of her ‘passion’ indicates she may have had a ‘fatal attraction’ AKA a special connection to these dangerous animals. It seems she over-estimated her capability to control and under-estimated the natural predator instincts of the lion.

She sadly played with fire. RIP.


8 posted on 03/07/2013 3:08:05 PM PST by sodpoodle (Life is prickly - carry tweezers.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Was she on her period? Apparently even a trained lion will attack a woman on her period.


9 posted on 03/07/2013 3:08:18 PM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: sodpoodle

That’s what can happen when you give up your spot at the top of the food chain.


10 posted on 03/07/2013 3:10:01 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: fr_freak
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7) Did the girl walk in on the Lion at an embarrassing moment?
11 posted on 03/07/2013 3:10:28 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: dfwgator

Life imitating art.

I expect the Dog Whisperer and other TV shows inspire a lot of young people to careers in veterinary medicine.

This ‘romantic’ young woman wanted to be another Joy Adamson as in Born Free.


12 posted on 03/07/2013 3:16:40 PM PST by sodpoodle (Life is prickly - carry tweezers.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Why did it attack? ‘Cause it’s a lion!


13 posted on 03/07/2013 3:30:41 PM PST by GJones2 (Lion attack)
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To: editor-surveyor

YOU are exactly right. That’s why we sleep with our bedroom door LOCKED...to keep our 13 lb cat at bay...He can be VERY mean...and I could just see him going for a jugular in the middle of the night...just for the fun of it!


14 posted on 03/07/2013 3:31:19 PM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

There’s a reason they’re called wild animals. RIP.


15 posted on 03/07/2013 3:31:26 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: ilovesarah2012
"She was at ease with those big cats," he said. "They liked her."

Shouldn't we wait for the lion to publish a review first.

16 posted on 03/07/2013 3:32:52 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: dfwgator

I can’t think of a good reason for her to go into his cage, it cost her life and the cat’s life also. Link to pics of the cat: http://cathaven.com/Galleries.aspx?catid=10


17 posted on 03/07/2013 3:34:51 PM PST by Rusty0604
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To: ilovesarah2012
Hanson said his daughter had worked with big cats before and "was absolutely fearless,"

Fearless creatures generally go extinct, unless they have the means to deal with any threat to their well-being, ranging from being able to outrun or eliminate that threat.

18 posted on 03/07/2013 3:38:41 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: sodpoodle

Exactly. It seems she was over-excited about her job to the point of not thinking.

“Absolutely fearless?” That’s not smart when working with wild animals, especially big ones. And I say that as a lifelong animal lover.

It’s a tragedy. God be with her family.


19 posted on 03/07/2013 3:52:14 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: ilovesarah2012

It’s sad when nature intrudes on fantasy. Poor kid.


20 posted on 03/07/2013 3:55:43 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: ilovesarah2012
The BBC featured this story yesterday,IIRC,in their newscast.I went to the wildlife reserve's website and they still had the killer lion listed.Amazing!

Years ago we went on "safari" to Tanzania.We were in a Land Rover in Ngorongoro National Park when we came upon a pride (or part of a pride) of lions just lying around.We get *really* close and I,along with several others,gasped in fear as we approached.The guide,to set our minds at ease,said "don't worry,they've just eaten".Those suckers were *big*...particularly the male we saw.

21 posted on 03/07/2013 3:56:16 PM PST by Gay State Conservative ("Progressives" toss the word "racist" around like chimps toss their feces)
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To: ilovesarah2012
My attitude towards animals has changed a lot since I've had (and lost) a dog I loved.

I don't think the lion should have been shot. I think the person that chose to pen up the animal(s) should be shot.

22 posted on 03/07/2013 4:00:05 PM PST by lewislynn ( What does the global warming movement and the Fairtax movement have in commom? Misinformation)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Gotta ask the most important question...Was she a registered Democrat or a decent person?


23 posted on 03/07/2013 4:21:28 PM PST by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: GJones2

The lion “lionized” her.


24 posted on 03/07/2013 5:00:32 PM PST by boop ("You don't look so bad, here's another")
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To: fr_freak

fr_freak, your checklist cracked me up. This level of sarcasm is why I love this site so much. :-)


25 posted on 03/07/2013 5:16:40 PM PST by theycallmemom
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To: ilovesarah2012

She had been told she couldn’t go into the cage, yet I’m sure she thought she had a special relationship with the lion. Fatal mistake for them both.


26 posted on 03/07/2013 5:17:05 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: lewislynn
And you should be shot for having penned up your dog?

The lion was raised from a cub, FYI.

27 posted on 03/07/2013 5:24:25 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: lewislynn

That’s a really sick and twisted thing to say (or think).


28 posted on 03/07/2013 5:25:45 PM PST by Gumption
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To: ilovesarah2012
Similar facilities need to try and screen out individuals who have an irrational lack of fear of the animals. Most employees of wildlife parks and zoos have a very profound respect for what the animals can do and exercise great caution. I do feel badly for this young woman and her family.
29 posted on 03/07/2013 5:28:39 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: fr_freak

7) did her lover run away naked into the bushes?


30 posted on 03/07/2013 5:48:39 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: ilovesarah2012

It’s a shame that the lion had to die, through really no fault of its’ own.


31 posted on 03/07/2013 6:13:51 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: editor-surveyor
FTA:

"Paul Hanson, a Seattle-area attorney, identified the victim as his daughter, Dianna Hanson....He said he dropped her off at Cat Haven on Jan. 2 for a six-month internship."

Failed test one: never enter lion enclosure if lion also present.


32 posted on 03/07/2013 6:33:21 PM PST by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; ONE BOX LEFT!)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Authorities are trying to determine what provoked a lion at an exotic animal park in Central California to attack and maul to death a 24-year-old intern from Washington state.


Obviously it was the sequester.


33 posted on 03/07/2013 6:37:52 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Gay State Conservative

We were in Kenya years ago watching the lions one night when we got a flat. That was the quickest tire change I have ever seen outside of NASCAR!


34 posted on 03/07/2013 7:37:07 PM PST by willyd
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To: ilovesarah2012

“The Circle......the Circle of Life.”


35 posted on 03/07/2013 7:39:30 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: ilovesarah2012

The coroner now states that the lion was in a temp. ‘holding’ cage while it’s ‘home’ cage was being cleaned by the young lady. Evidently the holding cage’s latch was improperly set and not fully latched and the lion was able to use it’s paw to completely unlatch it and get back into his home cage and kill her. Sad story.


36 posted on 03/07/2013 10:23:39 PM PST by bobby.223 (Retired up in the snowy mountains of the American Redoubt and it's a GREAT life!)
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To: fr_freak

was she having her period? The scent of blood might set off the lion.

Yes, I know: some claim grizzly bear attacks on women with their periods is a myth but any woman who has been sniffed or worse by male dogs knows the animals are attracted by the smell...

And why did she enter the cage: for work? and if it was her job, why did she do it without someone else there with her?


37 posted on 03/07/2013 10:49:21 PM PST by LadyDoc
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Never go into a lion’s den unless you’re well armed!


38 posted on 03/08/2013 3:20:47 AM PST by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Northern Yankee
Never go into a lion’s den unless you’re well armed!

And never touch his remote control.

39 posted on 03/08/2013 4:20:22 AM PST by Jonah Hex ("To Serve Manatee" is a cookbook!)
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To: lewislynn

My attitude towards animals has changed a lot since I’ve had (and lost) a dog I loved.
I don’t think the lion should have been shot. I think the person that chose to pen up the animal(s) should be shot.

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I’m confused. You kept a dog, presumably in an enclosed space (house, yard) until it died, and now you think folks who enclose animals should be shot?

But everyone has a different way of handling things, I guess. When my favorite golden retriever passed a few years back, I went out and filled the hole in my heart with another (but different breed) dog. Actually I got 2.


40 posted on 03/08/2013 12:12:56 PM PST by dmz
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To: steve86

my dog wasn’t penned up pin head.


41 posted on 03/11/2013 12:24:54 AM PDT by lewislynn ( What does the global warming movement and the Fairtax movement have in commom? Misinformation)
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To: dmz

You’re right, you are confused.


42 posted on 03/11/2013 12:28:20 AM PDT by lewislynn ( What does the global warming movement and the Fairtax movement have in commom? Misinformation)
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To: steve86; dmz
Lions raised from cubs are not domestic animals. Dogs running loose that ARE domestic animals are put to sleep when they're picked up.

My dog didn't want to leave my property without me even when she could. She was free to go in and out of the house ANYTIME she wanted or needed to...she din't have to beg or cry at the door like your's probably have to there in your trailer.

43 posted on 03/11/2013 12:39:54 AM PDT by lewislynn ( What does the global warming movement and the Fairtax movement have in commom? Misinformation)
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