Cougars maul handlers at park

Oklahoman Published: January 24, 2002
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GENTRY, Ark. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to investigate a drive-through safari here after cougars attacked two animal handlers, including one from Oklahoma.

The workers were attacked Tuesday at the Wild Wilderness Drive Thru Safari while moving two of the animals to a bigger cage, Deputy Tom Brewster of the Benton County sheriff's office said.

Brian McCornich of Gentry and Richard Schauf of Broken Arrow were injured.

Schauf, who received multiple bites to one of his arms and a leg, was taken by helicopter to Northwest Medical Center in Springdale, Ark. McCornich was bitten in the face and was taken to Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital in Arkansas.

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