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Wildcat sanctuary fined for two serious violations in death of Renee Radziwon-Chapman

by: SPOKESMAN FILE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Wildcat Haven employee Renee Radziwon-Chapman died last November after being mauled by one or more cougars like the one pictured at the Wildcat Haven outside Wilsonville. OSHA has fined the sanctuary $5,600 over the incident. The death of a worker in 2013 following a cougar attack has landed the WildCat Haven animal sanctuary a $5,600 fine.

The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) determined the sanctuary violated heath and safety regulations when Renee Radziwon Chapman was attacked Nov. 9, 2013 while cleaning a cougar cage alone at the facility.

“An animal keeper was fatally attacked by a cougar or cougars while attempting to clean one of the cages at the wild animal sanctuary where she worked,” the citation reads.

Oregon OSHA said WildCat Haven, which is located outside by: KOIN NEWS 6 FILE PHOTO - RENEE RADZIWON-CHAPMANWilsonville, violated its own procedures requiring staff to work in pairs, and that cage latches did not fully secure the animals.

“Sadly, as is so often the case, this workplace tragedy may have been prevented if the employer had followed and enforced its own guidelines when employees entered the cougar enclosures,” said , Oregon OSHA administrator Michael Wood.

Each violation incurred a fine of $2,800.

The company has 30 days to appeal the citation.

- Read more in next week's issue of the Spokesman.

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