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Government Shutdown Delays Investigation Into Intern Death At Nature Preserve

Conservators Center

The federal government shutdown is delaying the investigation into the death of a 22-year-old intern who was mauled by a lion last month at an animal preserve in Caswell County. 

Officials said the lion attacked Alexandra Black as she and a staff member cleaned an enclosure at the Conservators Center on Dec. 30.  Caswell County manager Bryan Miller said the county's Division of Animal Control plans to investigate, alongside the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That investigation has been delayed because of the government shutdown. 

Sheriff’s deputies shot and killed the lion after attempts to tranquilize it failed. 

Mark Rumsey grew up in Kansas and got his first radio job at age 17 in the town of Abilene, where he announced easy-listening music played from vinyl record albums.