The Search for a Reported Tiger Cub Continues in East Tennessee

The hunt for a Tiger is still underway in East Tennessee. The latest sighting was this (Friday) morning on Bales Lane. It was also spotted on Governor John Sevier Highway and Thorndike yesterday (Thursday).

A 9-1-1 call by a Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy started the search for a Tiger, which he identified as a Tiger Cub in his call.

Authorities are still on the lookout and TWRA set a trap yesterday (Thursday) which has been removed. Zoo Knoxville’s Phil Colclough, Director of Animals,  says if it is a tiger or a cub it’s frightened.  He says it’s not one of theirs and could be a bobcat that was spotted. If you see any wild cat you are asked to contact authorities.

The state of Tennessee does not allow tigers to be kept as pets. Violating the law is a Class A Misdemeanor punishable with up to 1 year in prison and a $2,500 fine.


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