Escaped tiger near Atlanta found, shot by police

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. – Police officers found and shot a tiger spotted in Henry County, Georgia overnight. Someone first saw the tiger in the northbound lanes of Interstate 75 early Wednesday morning, according to the CBS affiliate in Atlanta.

An officer reported seeing the animal, as did several who called 911.

Officers shot the tiger after seeing it jump the fence to a home in the area just after 6:00 a.m. They say they made the decision to shoot because they don’t have tranquilizer guns, and didn’t want to wait until the guns arrived. The officers said they were most worried about the morning hours as the school day approached. They didn’t want to take any chances that children may be in danger at bus stops.

Authorities still don’t seem to know where the tiger came from. An animal sanctuary in the area says all its tigers are accounted for. They released the following statement:

“Noah’s Ark was contacted by Henry County Police with reports of a loose tiger on I-75. We responded immediately and were on the way to the scene with hopes of chemically immobilizing the tiger and bringing it to Noah’s Ark. Unfortunately, human life became at risk and the tiger was shot by the authorities. All of our tigers are accounted for. Thank you to the officers for trying their best to bring this animal to safety.”