TOCKBRIDGE, Ga. – A tiger that was running loose on a Georgia highway has been shot and killed, police said.

Capt. Joey Smith, of Henry County Police Department, said drivers reported seeing a tiger early Wednesday on the northbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Stockbridge. This location is about 20 miles southeast of Atlanta. As a result, crews blocked off four lanes as they looked for the big cat.

Consequently, police responded to a nearby neighborhood shortly after 6 a.m. when residents reported seeing the wild animal there, according to

Smith said the Department of Natural Resources and Animal Control were en route when the tiger began chasing a dog. As a result of its’ aggressive behavior, he said police then shot and killed the tiger. The dog survived.

Smith said he estimates the tiger was full-grown. Moreover, it is unknown where the tiger came from. For now, it’s a mystery.

Henry County Police Department issued the following statement via Facebook:

On September 6, 2017, at approximately 6 a.m., Henry County 911 received a call of a tiger loose on I-75 near the Jodeco Road overpass. Henry County officers responded, locating the tiger and kept visual sight of it while animal professionals were contacted. The tiger began to run toward the Meadow Brook community off of Jodeco Road, to the back of a residence and began to attack a dog.

With the tiger in close proximity to a school bus route in a densely populated area, officers made the decision to put the animal down with gunfire fearing that occupants of the home could be in danger as well as others in the area. Henry County Department of Natural Resources and Henry County Animal Control arrived on scene to remove the deceased tiger from the yard of the residence. Henry County Police and Animal Control are in the process of determining where the animal came from. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Henry County Police (770-288-8200) and or Henry County Animal Control (770-288-7387) or Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

(Photo: Henry County Police Department Facebook)