This. This right here is why we can’t have nice things.
When a credible sighting of an ABC (an Alien Big Cat, or a big cat in some place where a big cat ought not to be) occurs, the mainstream is always skeptical. Scientists dismiss it out of hand. And it’s because of assclowns like this dude Rickey Wesley Lynch of South Carolina. He claimed he was attacked by a large black panther. It was a lie, and Lynch promptly confessed as much. He was arrested for filing a false police report. The reason *why” he lied about the tack is unknown. Other than the possible explanation that he’s a dumbass.
Science says there are no black panthers in South Carolina, or in the continental Unites States, outside of zoos or private enclosures. The reason for this is twofold. “Panther” is a catchall term for any of several species of large cat; it is not a species itself. Black panthers are really black leopards or black jaguars (or costumed superheroes), and neither leopards nor jaguars are native to the US. The only big cat that is native to the US, the cougar, doesn’t come in black. What are the many, many witnesses who report sightings of black panthers really seeing, then? They can’t *all* be lying nitwits.