Wildcat Kills Animal Sanctuary Worker in Oregon
Rescue crews have trouble getting to her due to other cats in enclosure
By Newsy, a Newser Video Partner
Posted Nov 10, 2013 4:25 PM CST
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(Newser) – Terrible news out of northwest Oregon, where a wildcat attacked and killed a woman at an animal sanctuary near Portland last night. The woman's name hasn't been released, but fire and rescue officials told local outlets she was 35 years old and an employee at the WildCat Haven sanctuary. Fire and rescue crews had difficulty getting to the woman because she was inside an enclosure. And that enclosure not only held the cat that attacked the woman, but several other wildcats.

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dawnarun
Nov 10, 2013 10:12 PM CST
This is why I never went hiking when I lived on the west coast. I seriously have an irrational fear that I'd get killed by cougars.
JBHK
Nov 10, 2013 9:01 PM CST
You can never let your guard down when you are working with wild animals. I've been to the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Indiana, which takes care of abused wild cats. An intern there was recently hurt when she did not shut a gate properly, but that wasn't the tiger's fault. You can't for one moment forget they are wild animals.
ConcernedParent
Nov 10, 2013 6:53 PM CST
John Doe get your facts straight before commenting. The tiger at the GW ZOO ANIMAL PARK ( http://gwzoo.org ) did NOT attack the worker there. She stuck her hand near the tiger through the fence. Tiger thought she was playing and basically her hand and arm were skinned through the chain link fencing by the claws NOT by mouth. The worker admitted she was at fault the whole time. Now she has become an example why safety protocol should never be waivered from. She has since returned to work after her hand was amputated. Don't punish the animal for human error! join the zoo chat at JoeExoticTV.com for the daily show at 6pm central time 7 days a week :)