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Lion reportedly attacks, kills person at sanctuary in Fresno County

March 6, 2013 |  2:16 pm

One person has been killed in a lion attack at a wild cat sanctuary in Fresno County, according to reports.

The Fresno County Sheriff's Department and Cal Fire confirmed to The Times they had responded to an animal attack at Project Survival's Cat Haven in Dunlap, where Fresno television stations are reporting a worker was killed.

The circumstances of the attack were not immediately known. Calls to Project Survival's Cat Haven were not immediately returned, but about a half-dozen people had already posted condolences on the group’s Facebook page.

According to the organization’s website, Cat Haven was founded in 1993 and sits on 100 acres about 15 miles west of King’s Canyon National Park and 40 miles east of Fresno. It describes itself as an “innovative park dedicated to the preservation of wild cats.”

"Project Survival's Cat Haven promotes the conservation and preservation of wild cats in their native habitat by educating visitors and publicizing the work done by Project Survival Cat Conservation Group," its website states.

The website shows photos of numerous wild cats, including bobcats, cheetahs, leopards and lions.

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