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Wildcat kills worker at Ore. sanctuary

PORTLAND, Ore. — The employee killed this weekend by a wildcat at an Oregon animal sanctuary was described as an experienced worker who was comfortable with the animals she cared for.

Renee Radziwon, 36, of Portland, died in the Saturday night attack, Deputy Mark Nikolai of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Sunday. No details of the attack or type of animal were released. The sanctuary is located in the suburb of Sherwood, outside Portland.

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‘‘Her relationship with the cats was amazing,’’ Jim Caliva, a WildCat Haven Sanctuary board member, told The Oregonian. ‘‘She knew exactly what she was doing, but apparently there was a mistake. I don’t know what it could be.’’

Sheriff’s Sergeant Robert Wurpes said Saturday that the animal was locked in a cage after the attack.

WildCat Haven’s website describes the facility as a ‘‘last hope’’ for more than 60 wildcats that have been abandoned or abused, including bobcats, cougars, lynx, and tigers.

Caliva said Radziwon worked with all the cats at the sanctuary, which is not open to the public.

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