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New Jersey police put black panther social media rumors to rest

Atlantic County, New Jersey, police squashed rumors Friday, of a black panther on the loose in the Garden State, according to report.

The Hamilton Township Police Department said in a Facebook post that it was aware of several social media posts regarding a black panther roaming around in the Weymouth section of town.

Black jaguars, also known as Panthera once, is a wild cat native to South America. 

Black jaguars, also known as Panthera once, is a wild cat native to South America.  (iStock)

Rather than ignore the situation, police responded to a call Thursday from someone who reported seeing a “black coyote or large feline in the woods.”

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When police arrived, they searched for a short amount of time before locating something that resembled what was reported: a large black dog.

The black dog, police added, belonged to a local resident.

“We have continued to investigate these reports that appear to have stemmed from one original call/post and, at this time, all reports/calls/posts about a black panther have been unsubstantiated,” the Hamilton Police Department posted.

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