FENNVILLE, Mich. Oct. 29 -- A woman described as an animal lover was killed Sunday by a friend's pet lion, which attacked her at a farmhouse. A neighbor, 44-year-old Larry Hopkins, was in serious condition after being bitten on the neck while trying to pull the 250-pound animal off the woman, Diana Renner, 30, of Fennville.
The woman's 9-year-old daughter witnessed the attack. Authorities said the attack occurred at the home of Clem DeBose, who owned two lions and several bobcats and bears. A Grand Rapids television station reported DeBose, Hopkins and Renner were tending to the lions in a pen when the attack occurred about 2:30 p.m.. Renner was reportedly killed within seconds when one of the lions mauled her. DeBose had been quietly keeping the lions at the farmhouse in southwestern Michigan for about two months, according to WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids. DeBose reportedly had permits on file with local authorities to keep the lions but did not have clearance from the state Department of Natural Resources. Michigan State Police investigated the attack and said it will be up to local prosecutors to bring charges. The animals are staying with their owner until prosecutors make a decision. Local authorities said they don't have any facility suitable to quarantine the animals.