November 30, 2016 10:25 am
Updated: November 30, 2016 11:46 am

Police set up wildlife cameras to capture mountain lion, record humans acting strangely instead

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In an attempt to record images of a mountain lion lurking near the town of Gardner, Kansas, police set up two wildlife cameras earlier this month. They ended up capturing some surprising images.

“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,” the department said in a Facebook post. “We are glad to report that over the time they were up we did not see a mountain lion.

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“We were however surprised by some of the images that the cameras did take,” the statement continued.

The cameras did capture images of a skunk, raccoon, a coyote and town residents dressed as gorillas – or possibly a yeti.

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“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,” police wrote.

The police force thanked the public for having a little fun with the cameras.

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“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,” police said on Facebook. “Thank you to the citizens who noticed the cameras. Your effort and sense of humor are greatly appreciated.”

The police department’s Facebook post has been shared over 3,000 times with many social media users chiming in on the wildlife images captured in the town.

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“Good God, note to self … stay the hell out of Celebration Park late at night! Lol lol lol,” Katharine Gilbert Ingalls wrote.

“The people of Gardner Kansas have a great sense of humor, this was really entertaining,” Sam Austin wrote.

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“Thanks guys; we even enjoyed it over here in the Netherlands!” Luut Sixma commented.

Gardner is about 50 kilometres south of Kansas City, Missouri.

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