A lion killed a dedicated animal lover from Brier today as she volunteered at a cat sanctuary in Central California, according to KING 5.
Dianna Hanson, 24, died at the scene of the attack, which happened at the Cat Haven sanctuary in Dunlap, Calif. just after 12:30 p.m., according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
When 4-year-old male Barbary lion Cous Cous wouldn’t let anyone close to Hanson after the attack, a Fresno County Sheriff shot and killed the animal, said Lt. Gregg Andreotti.
The graduate of Mountlake Terrace High School and Western Washington University had spent years working at animal shelters before she started working as a volunteer keeper at Cat Haven in January. She previously volunteered at the Snow Leopard Trust, PAWS, Akre Tiger Sanctuary in Bellingham and Soysambu Conservancy in Kenya , according to her LinkedIn account.