Cougar Attack Leaves Family In Mourning - FOX 10 News | fox10phoenix.com

Cougar Attack Leaves Family In Mourning

Posted: Updated:
BUCKS COUNTY, Pa. -

A deadly cougar attack in Oregon leaves a family right here in our area in mourning.

36-year-old trainer Renee Radziwon originally from Bucks County was killed by a cougar on Saturday while she was working alone at the Wildcat Haven Sanctuary.

The family is devastated by the news. We talked with them today briefly. They couldn't say much except that they do believe there is more to the story.

They say their daughter has a husband and a 6 month old baby girl and she never would've put her life in jeopardy.

"I don't understand it for the life of me there is no reason for her to have died there," Cheryl Jones said.

Employees at a similar Exotic Animal Rescue in Oregon say it's hard to believe the sanctuary's allegations that an experienced trainer would break protocol and enter a cougar's cage alone without back up.

Radziwon's family back here in PA believe there is more to the story, though they can't talk about it. Radziwon's mom told me over the phone that her daughter, Renee was the light of their life, a giving person, passionate about the animals she worked with

Radziwon's family says she even canceled plans to attend veterinary school so that she could dedicate herself to the sanctuary and give the wildcats a better life.

Wildcat Haven released a statement saying: "We are devastated by this loss. Not only was this one of our most dedicated staff members, we thought of her as family."

The owners of the sanctuary told authorities that they had left Radziwon's prior to the attack so that they could check on a second property. The county sheriff's office says no crime was committed but OSHA and the Department of Agriculture are still investigating what happened.

Radziwon leaves behind a husband and 6 month old daughter.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • PECO Investigating Gas Odor in Phila Region

    PECO Investigating Gas Odor in Phila Region

    Saturday, August 30 2014 10:15 PM EDT2014-08-31 02:15:46 GMT
    A spokesperson for PECO confirms to Fox 29 News that crews are trying to find the source of a gas odor that has resulted in hundreds of calls to PECO on Saturday.About 400 calls have been placedto PECO as of 4pm Saturday; that is an elevated number of calls than a normal day, the spokesperson says. Crews that are trained in gas odor response are spread throughout the area to try to pinpoint the source of the odor. Reports of gas odors have been made by customers in Delaware, Montgomery, Chest...
    A spokesperson for PECO confirms to Fox 29 News that crews are trying to find the source of a gas odor that has resulted in hundreds of calls to PECO on Saturday.About 400 calls have been placedto PECO as of 4pm Saturday; that is an elevated number of calls than a normal day, the spokesperson says. Crews that are trained in gas odor response are spread throughout the area to try to pinpoint the source of the odor. Reports of gas odors have been made by customers in Delaware, Montgomery, Chest...
  • Students Prepare To Return To School With Free Supplies

    Students Prepare To Return To School With Free Supplies

    Saturday, August 30 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-08-30 22:15:25 GMT
    We all know Labor Day Weekend is the unofficial end of summer, but it also mean something else...back to school.
    We all know Labor Day Weekend is the unofficial end of summer, but it also mean something else...back to school.
  • Summer Heat Returns

    Saturday, August 30 2014 4:11 PM EDT2014-08-30 20:11:25 GMT

    The rest of the holiday weekend continues to look warmer and unsettled. Shower and thunderstorm chances increase late Sunday and Labor Day.

    The heat and humidity will continue to expand Sunday into Labor Day. There is a risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms both day.  Best chance will be in the afternoon and evening. 

    Sunday (88/69): Clouds/Storm

    Monday (90/71): Clouds/Storm

    Tuesday (92/72): Clouds/Storm

     

     

Powered by WorldNow

KSAZ-TV & KUTP
511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices