A volunteer is possibly bitten by a cougar. One of Big Cat Rescue's volunteers originally reported that she had been bitten by a cougar, but later changed her story claiming that she was injured by a sharp point on the enclosure housing the cougar.
On February 23, 2016, Sue Messineo, one of Big Cat Rescue's volunteers, was reportedly bitten by a cougar.
Through a public records request, we obtained a copy of the animal bite report that revealed a cougar bite as the cause of the injury Messineo sustained.
We also obtained documents of the Florida Fish and Wildlife's report on the incident which conflicts with what was stated in the animal bite report.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife report, Messineo was in the hospital for "several days" due to her injury, however, she now claims that she was injured by a sharp point on a cage when she was feeding the cougar in question.
The report also says, "No witnesses present during this feeding as all other personnel had left for the day."
Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue, posted her response to OSHA after they were tipped off about the incident:
Carole's response raises even more questions: