Wildlife cameras capture photos of jokers dressed as lions

This Nov. 22, 2016 photo provided by the Gardner Police Department shows a person dressed in a gorilla costume that was captured on one of the two motion-activated cameras intended to investigate reports of mountain lions at a park in Gardner, Kan. Police discovered images of smaller animals as well as pranksters dressed as animals, monsters and Santa Claus, but no mountain lions were detected. (Gardner Police Department via AP)
This Nov. 22, 2016 photo provided by the Gardner Police Department shows a person dressed in a gorilla costume that was captured on one of the two motion-activated cameras intended to investigate reports of mountain lions at a park in Gardner, Kan. Police discovered images of smaller animals as well as pranksters dressed as animals, monsters and Santa Claus, but no mountain lions were detected. (Gardner Police Department via AP)

GARDNER, Kan. (AP) – Motion-activated cameras intended to capture images of mountain lions in a Kansas park have instead snapped pictures of pranksters dressed as animals, monsters and Santa Claus.

Police said they found the images on the two cameras at the park in Gardner on Monday.

Interspersed among images of skunks and coyotes were photos of people wearing costumes pretending to be lions wrestling, a gorilla, various monsters and an old person with a walker. And of course Santa made an appearance during the three nights of high jinks.

Cpl. Robert Huff said it was “pretty comical” and “creative.” The pranksters have not come forward.

The cameras were established this month to investigate reports of mountain lions. No mountain lions were detected.

Gardner is 30 miles southwest of downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

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