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Police Trying To Catch A Mountain Lion On Camera Get Surprised By People In Costumes

Members of the police force have to see all kinds of dastardly things on the job. Most of us hope to go an entire lifetime without being exposed to what they witness every day. So, it came as a pleasant surprise to police in Gardner, Kansas when they were playfully trolled by the community after setting up a camera intended to catch mountain lion footage.

The police department posted pictures on Facebook of what their camera recovered, and all I have to say is WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON IN KANSAS?

The camera did catch some wildlife.

A skunk.

A coyote.

Whatever this little dude is. Raccoon, maybe?

NBD. But then things got really weird.

Like this person witha walker carrying something very sharp through the darkness.

And. Um. Santa? Drinking a beer?

And this person in what looks like rubber gloves and a bulldog mask.

And this person doing who knows what while wearing a gas mask??

And this, which is…definitely something.

And this, which defies explanation.

AND DEAR GOD, NO, THIS.

WHICH IS HALF OF A COUPLE, APPARENTLY.

AAUUUGGHHH!

Okay, okay, clearly this is not really terrifying stuff, but locals trolling the cops, which, bravo. (Slow clap.)

And the police department thought so, too. They wrote in their post,

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.

Turns out Kansas was weirder than Dorothy ever let on in The Wizard of Oz.

Kansas, don’t ever change!

h/t: BuzzFeed, Facebook: Gardner Police Department

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Written by Dean Altman

Dean Altman is a writer living in NYC.