Because reports about a rouge mountain lion had been rolling in at a terrifying pace in recent weeks, the Gardner Police Department in Kansas set up a camera. They installed numerous lens in the trails of Celebration Park because they wanted to discover where this mountain lion spends its time so they could keep the people in the local community safe.
“In an effort to determine if there was a possibly dangerous animal in the area we deployed two trail cameras to check for activity in the area. We are glad to report that over the time they were up we did not see a mountain lion. We were however surprised by some of the images that the cameras did take,” the Gardner Police wrote on Facebook.
The police failed to capture shots of this illusive predator. Instead, they caught footage of something much scarier. While one of the more normal images was a picture of a skunk caught on camera, others were stranger. And in one image, bigfoot even made his presence known…
While conspiracy theorists have already debunked these images, it seems clear that the local Kansas residents noticed the hidden cameras. Because they were stationed out in the park, they decided to sneak into the wooded area at night and play with the police.
In some of the images, you can see a local resident dressed as a monster. Seconds later, the image captures two of these monsters looking at each other. They appear to be wearing bigfoot costumes.
Besides the images of people wearing the monster costumes, another with a Santa Claus and another with an old person using a walker were also snapped on picture.
The police failed to track down the mountain lion – but they had a good laugh with all the costume pranks they saw later.
“We would like to sincerely thank the persons responsible as it made our day when we pulled up what we expected to be hundreds of pictures of coyotes, foxes and raccoons. Thank you to the citizens who noticed the cameras. Your effort and sense of humor are greatly appreciated,” the police wrote on Facebook along with some of the strange images.
Because the police often have to deal with crime and other serious situations, these costume pranks offered a bit of comic relief during their stressful days of work. Lieutenant Lee Kraut decided to open up about the pranks to KMBC.
“I would just say thanks. We don’t always get fun things like that to look at and people aren’t always as respectful as they were,” he told the news organization.
It is awesome to see the police is good spirits about being pranked.
Because the pranks were conducted in good faith and the pranksters did not vandalize the cameras, the police were able to laugh along with them. If they had broken the cameras, the cops would have been forced to hunt the vandals down.
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