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Fatal Lion Attack Reported Near Fresno



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    Officials stand just inside the gate at the Cat Haven sanctuary.

    A lion killed a person on Wednesday at a private animal sanctuary in Central California, authorities said.

    The person was attacked and fatally injured after getting into a cage with the lion at Cat Haven sanctuary in Dunlap, Calif., Cal Fire spokesman Ryan Michaels told The Associated Press.

    The site is about 45 miles east of Fresno in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

    Michaels suspects the lion was put down because law enforcement officers at the scene fired shots, and the Fresno County sheriff's office said on the radio that the animal had been secured.

    Cat Haven is a private animal sanctuary just west of Kings Canyon National Park. Since the property opened in 1993, it has housed numerous big cats, including tigers, leopards and other exotic species.