Sheriffs are hunting a tiger on the loose in Tennessee

“So far, the origin of the tiger is unclear”

Authorities in East Tennessee are searching for a tiger on this Thursday morning.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post a deputy saw the animal Wednesday night at an industrial park.

On Thursday, now several agencies including animal control, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and representatives with the rescue organization Tiger Haven are helping with the search, the Sheriff's Office said on social media today.

"So far, the origin of the tiger is unclear," reports Tennessee TV news station WJHL.

From AP:

There were unconfirmed tiger sightings reported overnight in the eastern part of the county, and the search was continuing Thursday morning, dispatchers told news outlets.

Knoxville Zoo spokeswoman Tina Rolen said all of its tigers are accounted for, and the zoo has not been involved in the search.