California Big-Cat park agrees to safety orders

Jan 13, 2015 8:33 PM by Debbie Cobb

DUNLAP, Calif. (AP) - The operator of an animal park in Central California has agreed to implement tougher safety protocols almost two years after a volunteer was killed there by a lion.

In a settlement reached January 6 Cat Haven in Dunlap, California agreed to install physical barriers with locks on every cage door and to keep one person on standby whenever an animal handler enters a large cat enclosure. The animal sanctuary also agreed to provide safety training for workers and keep fire extinguishers near doors to use as a distraction during emergencies.

The Fresno Bee reports Tuesday ( ) the agreement between the Project Survival Cat Conservation Group and the state's Division of Occupational Safety was reached following a lengthy legal battle.

State authorities first ordered tougher safety protocols following the March 2013 killing by a lion of a 24-year-old intern.

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