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Lion Kills Woman In California

  • 03.07.13 05:35 PM EST

Police are investigating the death of a 24-year-old woman, Dianna Hanson, who was killed Wednesday by a lion. Hanson was a volunteer at Project Survival Cat Haven, a private animal park in Central California. She was reportedly inside the lion's enclosure with another young volunteer when the lion attacked. It's being investigated why the two were alone inside the enclosure. Police later shot and killed the lion. 

Hanson's brother, Paul, said it was his sister's lifelong dream had been to work with big cats: 

"She always had this desire to work with the big cats. As she got older, her desire evolved into sharing the plight of a lot of these animals and work she could do to ensure their survival through the process of education and outreach."

A longer report is available on the LA Times