Authorities in a small Wyoming town installed trail cameras hoping to spot a possible mountain lion after public works officials found deer and other animal carcasses in a part of town where they wouldn’t normally find them.
Two to three weeks later, the Evansville Police Department posted photos from the camera on Facebook, featuring pictures of various animals and a humanoid creature that could not be recognized.
While some were scared by the photos and suspected a real creep was roaming around town, others quickly identified the prank, noticing the well-known clothing brands the creature wore.
A few people even suspected that the cops themselves might have been behind the prank. In a phone interview with McClatchy News, Police Chief Mike Thompson confirmed it was him, saying he figured he’d get a head start on the department’s annual Halloween haunted hay maze competition with the nearby town of Barnum.
Though officials had originally set up the camera to identify any potential mountain lions in the area, Chief Thompson stated that all officers working the night when the prank was played were accounted for.
The town had recently lost track of a mountain lion that had been spotted in the nearby town of Casper, and officials wanted to ensure that there were no big cats roaming around town as the community prepared for their upcoming 100-year anniversary.