Searching for a tiger in a Tennessee industrial park

A Knox County Sheriff Office deputy spotted the animal in the fork of the River Industrial Park east of the city, according to a news report.

The sheriff’s office said the sheriff’s patrol units and Airwatch Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA) and Knoxville Police Department along with animal control are searching for the tiger.

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Representatives from Tiger Haven, a no-tiger sanctuary in Kingston, Tennessee, are helping with the search. Tiger Haven is about 50 miles to the southwest, where the tiger was spotted.

The fork of the River Industrial Park is a campus of more than 1,400 acres across the Tennessee River from a wildlife management area.

CNN affiliate WVLT reports that Knoxville police dispatch received several calls overnight to people who thought they saw the tiger, and the crew responded to a call Thursday morning.

TWRA officials told WVLT that they had laid a trap for the tiger and would be taken to Tiger Haven if caught.

Where the tiger came from is not known.

Zoo Knoxville said it did not have one of its big cats in a Facebook post on Thursday morning.

The zoo wrote, “We want to assure everyone that our zoo Knoxville Malayan tigers Arya, Bashir and Tanvir are all safe. Our team is standing by to help when needed.”

The Sheriff’s Office is urging residents to contact them if they see the tiger.