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Mother Says Wildcat Rescue Worker Had Safety Concerns

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mother of a longtime employee killed by a cougar this weekend at a suburban Portland animal sanctuary says she had expressed concerns about safety measures at the facility.

Renee Radziwon of Portland was killed Saturday while cleaning a cougar enclosure at WildCat Haven in Sherwood. The 36-year-old had worked as an animal care technician and head keeper at the sanctuary for the past eight years.

Her mother, Carol Radziwon, told the Associated Press by phone from Pennsylvania that her daughter was alone at the sanctuary when she was attacked.

The sanctuary did not return multiple calls for comment Monday. However, the facility said in an earlier statement that it appeared Renee Radziwon had broken its protocol by being alone in the enclosure.

The Clackamas County sheriff’s office has concluded there is no crime to be investigated.

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