Trap set for tiger in Knox County after possible sighting Monday morning

Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL/WATE) — Multiple agencies are attempting to locate a missing tiger Wednesday night in Knox County.

According to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, the tiger was spotted in east Knox County in the Forks of the River area.

The sheriff’s office, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Knoxville Police Department, and representatives from the Tiger Haven are involved in the search.

The sheriff’s office says the tiger was spotted by a KCSO deputy.

Knox County dispatch told our sister station, WATE, there was a report of an unconfirmed sighting of the tiger near Bales Lane/ Thorngrove Pike/ Gov. John Sevier Hwy area in East Knoxville was made around 7:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Officials say a trap has been set for the tiger. If captured, it will be taken to Tiger Haven in Roane County.

Zoo Knoxville posted on Thursday that all the tigers at its facility are accounted for.

Tiger Haven also confirmed there are no animals missing from its facility in Kingston.

So far, the origin of the tiger is unclear.

This is a developing story. Look for updates on WJHL.com.

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