I had the same run in with a game warden during a hunters safety course. During the Q & A I asked what the Wildlife and Fisheries was doing about the predators in the National Forest. He said to define predators, so I bought up panthers. He said 'I was mistaken'. Once yes, I could have been but not 9 times and one at ten feet there is no mistaking what you are seeing! I asked if he had ever seen one. He said no. I asked him if he got out in the woods very often. He said he lives in the woods. I told him he must not cause he hasn't seen squat! Everyone got a big laugh out of it. But that is the Wildlife and Fisheries stance on panthers. Even after mulitipul sightings. Game camera pictures and so on. They are just living in denial. I sure wish someone can explain that?