WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (KRON) – According to a federal report, a Florida zookeeper was killed on April, 15, 2016 by a tiger who did not follow established safety procedures.
The incident happened at the Palm Beach Zoo who released a one-page U.S. Department of Agriculture report this week about covering a USDA inspection of the zoo on Tuesday.
The report sheds little light on the identified victim Stacey Konwiser, saying simply that the 38-year-old lead keeper violated safety procedures when she entered the tiger enclosure. The 13-year-old male Malayan tiger attacked her, inflicting a fatal neck injury.
The report says the need to shoot the rare tiger with a tranquilizer dart caused it stress and discomfort that could have been avoided if Konwiser had followed protocol.
Several federal, state and local investigations into the attack remain open.
No further details were provided at this time.
Associated Press contributed to this report.