Authorities Using Bear Trap to Catch Knoxville Tiger Still On The Loose

A lookout alert was issued by the Knox County Sheriff’s Department after several reports of a tiger being spotted in southeast portion of the city on September 10, 2020.

Knox County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Units, Animal Control, Air Watch, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Knoxville Police’s Animal Control Unit and representatives with Tiger Haven were working Wednesday night, September 9, 2020 to locate the tiger after it was spotted by a Knox County deputy in the Forks of the River Industrial Park off of Island River Drive.

Aside from teams of people searching on the ground and helicopters searching from the air, experts have set up a trap to try and capture the tiger in the most humane and safest way possible. The trap being used is normally for catching and relocating bears. It consists of a large galvanized steel tube with doors on each end that lock closed as soon as the animal enters. The tasty snack being used to lure the tiger is a whole chicken from the grocery store.

As of now, officials are uncertain as to where the tiger came from.The Knoxville Zoo released a statement saying that all of their tigers were accounted for which further added to the mystery. Tiger Haven, a big cat rescue located about 30 miles from Knoxville also confirmed that all of their tigers are present and accounted for.

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