SHERWOOD, Ore. -- The family of a woman killed Saturday by a cougar at the sanctuary where she worked is remembering her as a devoted wife, animal advocate and the mother of a 6-month-old daughter who shares her glowing smile.
Renee Radziwon-Chapman, 36, died from injuries consistent with what would be from a wild animal Saturday evening at the WildCat Haven Sanctuary near Sherwood, where she was head keeper, said Sgt. Robert Wurpes with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.
Further details of her death were not released.
Background: Woman killed by cougar at Sherwood sanctuary
Her husband, Aaron Chapman, said in a statement that Radziwon was driven by the desire to help all creatures.
Renee s life was taken so suddenly and tragically while doing the very thing that she cared so much about, tending to and caring for wild cats, Chapman said.
He said her spirit will continue to live on through their daughter Noa, who even at 6 months old already glows just like her mother.
The family set up a fund to help ensure that Noa can follow her own dreams the way her mother did, Chapman said.
WildCat Haven Sanctuary also offered a statement following Radziwon-Chapman's death that reads, in part, Not only was she one of our most dedicated staff members, we thought of her as family. We send our most heartfelt prayers to those she has left behind.