SHERWOOD, Ore. -- The WildCat Haven animal sanctuary was ordered to pay a $5,600 settlement for safety violations after a woman who worked there was mauled by at least one cougar and killed last year.
Renee Radziwon Chapman was attempting to clean a cage at the sanctuary when she was attacked on Nov. 9, 2013. She was working alone at the facility at the time.
Background: Woman killed by cougar at Sherwood sanctuary
The sanctuary violated its two-person safety protocol and the cage latches did not fully secure the cougars, according to results of the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation.
On May 23, Oregon OSHA ordered WildCat Haven to pay two $2,800 penalties, one for violating the two-person rule, and another for inadequate latch design on the cages.
Sadly, as is so often the case, this workplace tragedy may have been prevented if the employer had followed and enforced its own guidelines when employees entered the cougar enclosures, said Oregon OSHA spokesman Michael Wood.
WildCat Haven officials said both issues have already been addressed at the facility.