Palm Beach Zookeeper Killed by Tiger Violated Safety Rules: Report

Zookeeper Stacey Konwiser, 38, was killed April 15 when a male tiger attacked her, inflicting a fatal neck injury

A Florida zookeeper who was killed by a tiger did not follow established safety procedures, according to a federal report.

The Palm Beach Zoo released the one-page U.S. Department of Agriculture report this week. It covers a USDA inspection of the zoo on Tuesday.

The report sheds little light on the April 15 attack that killed Stacey Konwiser, saying simply the 38-year-old lead keeper violated safety procedures when she entered the tiger enclosure. It gave no further details. 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.

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