For Brier woman killed by lion, it all started with fateful ride on Mt. Baker ski lift

For Brier woman killed by lion, it all started with fateful ride on Mt. Baker ski lift
Dianne Hanson

A lion attacks and kills a 24-year-old Brier, WA woman, Diana Hanson. Her death is agonizingly frustrating after authorities say the lion managed to slip out of a smaller pen while she was cleaning the lion’s larger enclosure. No answers yet on how the lion could have surprised Hanson by sneaking out of the smaller pen. Her father, Paul Hanson, shares some amazing stories about his daughter’s life-long desire to work with exotic cats as a zoologist and how her path to this internship at a cat sanctuary in California was cemented during a random meeting on a chair lift while skiing at Mt. Baker outside Bellingham, WA. Here’s John Carlson’s coverage of Diana’s story.