UPDATE: Officials with Reflection Riding believe stolen bobcat fought and escaped
UPDATE: Officials with Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center say they believe a stolen bobcat, Evi, fought back against the person who tried to steal her.
They believe she's currently in a nearby forest.
Tish Gailmard with Reflection Riding is asking anyone who spots the cat to take a picture, if possible.
UPDATE: The reward for the recovery of Evi, the bobcat presumed stolen from Reflection Riding has been increased to over $1,500 Thursday.
The theft happened at Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center sometime after the center closed on Monday night.
A spokesperson for the nature center says the areas where the bobcat and an injured bald eagle are kept showed signs of a break-in.
The eagle was still at the center but the bobcat was gone.
Chattanooga police confirm a report was filed on the theft of the animal and the vandalism at the center.
A CPD spokesperson says the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) will be leading the investigation.
The nature center is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to the return of the bobcat.
If you know anything about this case, please call the bobcat’s caretaker, Taylor Berry, at 423-309-9969 or the TWRA regional office at 423-587-7037.
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