Officials say woman killed by tiger broke zoo rules by entering enclosure

FILE- In this April 15, 2016, file photo, police officers enter the administration building at the Palm Beach Zoo after zookeeper Stacey Konwiser died while being attacked by a tiger in West Palm Beach, Fla. The zoo is reopening Monday, April 18, as authorities from several local, state and federal agencies continue investigating what led to Friday’s deadly attack. (Damon Higgins/Palm Beach Post via AP, File) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (CNN/AP) — Zoo officials said the woman who was killed by a Malayan tiger earlier this month broke Florida zoo rules when she entered the animal’s enclosure.

Palm Beach Zoo President Andrew Aiken told CNN the woman “entered that same portion of the night house after it was clearly designated as accessible by a tiger.”

“Under Palm Beach Zoo policy, zoo employees are never allowed to enter a tiger enclosure to which the animal has access.”

A Palm Beach County medical examiner said 37-year-old Stacey Konwiser died from a neck injury after being attacked by the tiger on April 15.

Officials say Konwiser was killed when the 13-year-old male tiger attacked her in an enclosure known as the night house, where tigers sleep and are fed. The tiger was tranquilized and has since recovered. The zoo was closed last weekend and reopened Monday.

Earlier this week, police said they were investigating a threat against the tiger after receiving a threatening phone call, according to the Palm Beach Post. A zoo spokesperson declined to comment to local reporters on the incident. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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