Missing Tiger Update: TWRA Removes Trap, Not Actively Searching Knox County

By Jason Hall

September 11, 2020

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency reportedly isn't actively searching for a missing tiger in East Tennessee.

TWRA confirmed to FOX 17 News its removed a trap set for the tiger following a lack of sightings in the Knoxville area. Officers will, however, remain on duty and respond to any reported tiger sightings in the area.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office issued a BOLO warning regarding a loose tiger that was spotted by a deputy in the Forks of the River Industrial Park on Wednesday night. Newschannel 5 reports local authorities were unaware of where the tiger came from and whether it belonged to a resident in the area.

Zoo Knoxville and Tiger Haven, a big cat sanctuary in nearby Kingston, both confirmed to WATE all tigers in its respective facilities had been accounted for as of Thursday. Both Zoo Knoxville and Tiger Haven offered services to local authorities' effort to locating and safely capturing the missing tiger, according to WATE.

There have been zero confirmed sightings of the tiger since the initial report on Wednesday night. KCSO said it received additional 911 calls overnight, which included unconfirmed sightings in Knoxville near Thorngrove Pike and Bales Lane.

Anyone with information regarding the tiger's whereabouts is advised to contact KCSO.

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