Tennessee tiger sighting was a case of 'mistaken identity,' wildlife officials say

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officials say a tiger sighting in Knoxville was likely a case of mistaken identity.

A spokesperson from the East Tennessee region said they received a call a couple days ago in the Kingsport area saying folks saw a tiger.

An officer responded and the cat, which was still on site, was a bobcat.

"Taking everything into consideration, the lack of new sightings and the conditions the first sighting was reported in, it seems highly unlikely that there is a big non-native cat on the loose," Barry Cross, with TWRA, said.