Cameras intended to capture photographs of a mountain lion in Gardner, Kan., captured a different kind of wildlife instead.
Officials set up motion-activated trail cameras in the Gardner Parks and Recreation Celebration Park over concern about a mountain lion in the area, the Gardner Police Department said in a Facebook post Monday.
“We are glad to report that over the time they were up we did not see a mountain lion,” the police department said. “We were however surprised by some of the images that the cameras did take.”
Lt. Lee Krout told USA TODAY he expected to see images of coyotes and raccoons, but instead found photos of costume-clad pranksters.
"One of the first pictures that popped up was a man in a white gorilla suit looking into the camera," he said. "It was really humorous."
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The police department shared the hilarious photos on Facebook and said they appreciated the "effort and sense of humor" the people put into their photoshoot.
Krout said it appears that two separate groups of people took photos within several days of each other.
"The female werwolf and the gorilla were there on the 22nd," he said. "Then on the 25th was when the other characters showed up."
The pranksters were respectful and did not leave trash or damage the area around the cameras, he said.
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