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Zookeeper Killed by Tiger Violated Safety Rules: Feds

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

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    Zookeeper Killed by Tiger Violated Safety Rules: Feds
    Palm Beach Zoo
    Stacey Konwiser (left, pictured with her husband) was killed by a 13-year-old male tiger at the Palm Beach Zoo.

    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.