USDA: Lion cage where intern killed worked fine

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Federal officials say the enclosures at a Central California wild animal park were a lion killed an intern were working properly at the time of her death.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture said the agency's investigation on the day after the mauling in March determined "there weren't any violations" of the federal Animal Welfare Act.

USDA investigators looked at the enclosures, whether they were proper, and whether they were in good working order.

The attack in March killed 24-year-old Dianna Hanson, of Seattle, who was working a six-month internship at Project Survival's Cat Haven east of Fresno.

Hanson was cleaning the cage of a 4-year-old male lion named Couscous when he somehow escaped from a smaller enclosure and attacked. Sheriff's deputies killed the animal.

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