The Knox County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Units, Knox County Animal Control, Air Watch, Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, Knoxville Police Department’s Animal Control Unit and representatives with Tiger Haven in Roane County are working to locate a tiger that was spotted by a Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputy in the Forks of the River Industrial Park late last night.
There has been no other sightings at this hour and as of 6 a.m. eastern this morning (Thursday, September 10, 2020), the search continues.
If anyone has any information on a missing tiger or sees it, call 911 and report its position.
UPDATE – 8 a.m. eastern Thursday, September 10, 2020 – Knoxville police said there was a reported siting of the tiger around 7 a.m. near Thorngrove Pike in Knoxville. Dispatch received multiple calls on possible sitings in the areas around John Sevier Highway near Thorngrove Pike and on Bales Lane.
Zoo Knoxville officials say they are not missing any tigers and all tigers at the zoo had been accounted for as of this morning. Tiger Haven in Roane County also reports all of their tigers accounted for this morning.