Tiger continues to search extensively on loose near Knoxville as Tennessee officials

Tennessee officials continued their search Thursday morning when a tiger was spotted roaming the woods outside Knoxville.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office issued a notice late in the evening on Wednesday, after which the deputy reported that a tiger was spotted wandering in the fork of River Industrial Park. Tiger Haven, a large cat sanctuary in Kingston, Tenn., Was involved in the search for the missing big cat, but it remains unclear whether the tiger initially survived.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency is leading the search effort with Knox County Sheriff Patrol Units, Animal Control, Air Watch, as well as the Knoxville Police Department’s Animal Control Unit. If found, the big cat will be taken by Tiger Haven.

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(Knox County Sheriff’s Office)

According to a report by Tenassian, at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, the state’s wildlife agency said the tiger was not located. The latest statement released by the Sheriff’s Office around midnight stated: “There have been no other sightings in this hour.”

The zoo is responsible for all the tigers in Knoxville, Zoo spokesman Tina Rollen confirmed Thursday. The zoo is not involved in the search.

“We want to assure everyone that our zoo Knoxville Malayan tigers Arya, Bashir and Tanveer are all safe. Our team is standing by to help when needed. If you have information, please contact the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, ”she said in a statement on WATE.

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According to the Knox County Emergency Dispatch, unconfirmed sightings, which have yet to be verified by authorities, have been reported in the southeastern part of the county adjacent to the John County Service.