Wash. state woman killed by lion at Calif. park

GOSIA WOZNIACKA and TRACIE CONE
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This Oct. 12, 2012 photo released by JP Marketing shows a 4-year-old male African lion named Couscous at Cat Haven, a private wild animal park in Dunlap, Calif. Authorities say the lion killed a female intern-volunteer on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at Cat Haven, where the cat had been raised since it was a cub. The intern was attacked and fatally injured after getting into an enclosure with the lion, Fresno County sheriff's Sgt. Greg Collins said. (AP Photo/JP Marketing, Vicken Massoyan)

DUNLAP, Calif. (AP) — The father of a 24-year-old Washington state woman killed by a lion at an exotic animal park in Central California says his daughter had always loved big cats and considered her internship at Cat Haven "just a dream job."

Paul Hanson of Lynnwood, Wash., says he drove down to California with his daughter, Dianna, at the first of the year so she could start her six-month volunteer internship. Hanson said his daughter had told him that she would not be allowed to go into the cage with the lion.

Cat Haven founder and executive director Dale Anderson said the intern was attacked and killed when she entered the male African lion's enclosure. Hanson says he has talked to Anderson but has gotten no more details.