Escaped Cougar Caught In Knox County

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A cougar that escaped her home at a petting zoo, and sparked a search by the Knox County Sheriff's Office, was caught early on Saturday.

The cougar, named Tasha, escaped from its cage on Friday, 10TV's Ashleigh Barry reported.

The animal was spotted walking along Kaylor Road around 11:30 p.m. on Friday and sheriff's deputies were able to catch it a short time later.

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"I was out weeding my beds and my husband came out to scare me, which he succeeded, and he said 'By the way did you know the cougar's out?" said neighbor Laura Payne. "It would make the hair on the back of your neck stand up; it's just not something you're used to hearing around here."

Payne said Tasha's owner was just days away from surrendering her to a cat rescue organization.

Officials said they believe the cat escaped through an opening in the roof of the building where she was being kept.

The cougar was relocated to an animal rescue facility outside of Knox County.

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