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The Today File

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November 18, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Estate of keeper killed by cougar sues Oregon sanctuary

PORTLAND — The estate of a young woman who was mauled to death by a cougar while working at a suburban Portland wild cat sanctuary is suing the sanctuary and its owners.

The lawsuit against Wildcat Haven and owners Michael and Cheryl Tuller was filed last week in Multnomah County District Court.

The lawsuit alleges the sanctuary is liable for the death of Renee Radziwon-Chapman because she was left alone with the animals despite expressing concerns about working solo.

The 36-year-old keeper was found dead inside the animals’ enclosure in November 2013, with two cougars roaming freely near her.

Radziwon-Chapman is survived by her husband and baby daughter. Her estate seeks $6 million in damages for wrongful death and other violations.

The Tullers did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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