Investigation into deadly lion attack

The sheriff and federal agencies are looking into whether safety protocols were broken when a lion killed an intern at a conservation center in North Carolina.
2:24 | 01/03/19

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We're also continue to want to developments in North Carolina and that horrific. Deadly lion attacked right there at that enclosure there. And authorities are looking into the safety protocols and whether or not those may have been broken and there. As such you promise is and Yancy bill North Carolina Stephanie. Paint and is where Indian see bill North Carolina that's a sheriff's department behind me. They are of course investigating that lion attack that took place just a few days ago. But so are federal agencies there actually believed in the investigation they're looking into whether safety protocols were broken apple conservative center. After of that Lyon got loose and killed debt young intern at a police report describes the workers at the center as. Un prepared for the side in and violent attack. Despite being told the night will want call that the line had been contained the first sheriff's deputy on the scene says he arrived to find staffers chasing a lion was. Growling and running free near the enclosure he was jumping up and down from. The dog house structures that they have there on the property behind that chain link fence. While Alexander plot that long while Mitt the intern was still laying on the ground unclear. If she was still alive. Firefighters on the scene that were using water hoses to containing animal wild staffers waited for tranquilizers. To be delivered from a home on the property. After three failed attempts tranquil lives alliant. Deputies ultimately fired eight shotgun blasts killing the line now we spoke with the county manager here in town who says. It's very difficult to prepare for a situation like this but he says he's proud of at at how his sheriff's deputies handled the situation. Alex wants funeral is planned for this weekend on Sunday at of course her family and friends are remembering her they say she was an academic. Honors high school graduate she had many talents and interests but they say her first love. Her love for animals she graduated last may from Indiana. University and shared dreams of becoming a zoo keeper at this was for first internship. Outside of Indiana. And this is certainly a trying time but can this. As you can imagine as well as to the community there and Yancey mill North Carolina are stepping Iran must sir thanks to you.

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