Kansas police amused by costumed pranksters

Last week the police department in Gardner, Kansas, received reports of a mountain lion roaming a local park. A few days later when they checked trail cameras they had set up to investigate the situation, they didn’t see any mountain lions. What they did see made their day.

A post to their Facebook page Monday read:

“Wildlife concerns: The Gardner Police Department was contacted recently about concern over the possibility of a mountain lion being in the area of Celebration Park. 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.

We have included a few of these images for your review. We now have another different concern. We are attempting to identify some of the wildlife and activity in these images.


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.”

“Immediately they made me laugh,” said Gardner police Lt. Lee Krout, who reviewed the trail camera pictures. “I immediately called a couple of other people in the room and said, ‘Hey you gotta see this.’ Even if they weren’t looking to make us laugh, they were looking to make somebody laugh and that’s why we wanted to put it out there.”

The suspected mountian lion remains at large.