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Tiger spotted in East Tennessee, Knox Co. sheriff asking residents to be on the lookout

Posted at 6:34 AM, Sep 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-10 11:35:53-04

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Authorities in East Tennessee have asked the public to be on the lookout after a tiger was spotted near an industrial park.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy spotted the tiger Wednesday night in the Forks of the River Industrial Park.

The sheriff’s office says several agencies are looking for the tiger, including the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Knoxville police’s Animal Control Unit and representatives with Tiger Haven, which is located in Kingsport.

Investigators say there have been no other confirmed sightings.

Knoxville Zoo spokeswoman Tina Rolen says all its tigers are accounted for. The wildlife agency says it's not clear where the tiger came from, but when it's caught it will be taken to Tiger Haven.