This story shows the garage that Tasha, the cougar, was first housed in and grew up in Ohio. This was news coverage of her escape, recapture, and relocation to her second home in Ohio. She’s now safely on her way to The Wildcat Sanctuary, her third – but forever – home.
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 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.
“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.”
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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Escaped Cougar ‘Tasha’ Found In Knox County
The 10-year-old cougar named “Tasha” was reported missing Friday night from its pen on Kaylor Road, near Danville.
Neighbors spotted the cougar walking along Kaylor Road Friday around 11:30 p.m. and notified the owner immediately.
Owner Lanny Parrish was able to return the cougar to its pen where the roof had been repaired.
Parrish told NBC 4 he has owned the cougar since she was 6 weeks old.
He thinks storms earlier in the week created a hole in the roof of a shelter building that allowed the cougar to escape.
“Tasha” has been relocated to an animal rescue facility outside of Knox County.
Cougar found, returned to Danville petting zoo
DANVILLE — A cougar that escaped from its pen at a petting zoo Thursday night in Danville was found and returned late Friday.
The 10-year-old cougar, named Tasha, was spotted by a neighbor around 11:30 p.m. as it walked along Kaylor Road, according to the Knox County sheriff’s department.
The cougar, which weighs around 70 pounds, escaped through a hole in the roof. The owner was notified returned the cougar to its pen, which had since been repaired, according to the report. Once Tasha was returned, she was transported to an animal rescue facility outside Knox County.
Cougar missing in eastern Knox County
Mount Vernon News MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Sheriff’s Office has taken a report from the owner of a 10-year-old cougar stating the animal escaped from its pen and is at large. The cougar was last seen in its pen Thursday evening on Kaylor Road in eastern Knox County.
The animal is beige colored with white on the front of its neck and weighs 70 pounds. The animal is declawed in the front.
Any sightings or information on this missing animal should be directed to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office at 397-3333.
Knox County Sheriff David Barber cautions citizens not to approach the animal if spotted.