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GARDNER, Kan. — Kansas police released a series of odd photos that captured what appears to be people dressed as various creatures at a local park.

The images, which were released by the Gardner Police Department and posted on Facebook, shows the people wearing costumes and possibly pretending to be lions, gorillas, Santa Claus and Abominable Snowmen.

Cameras were recently installed to investigate reports of mountain lions at the park, the Kansas City Star reports. No mountain lions were found, but police did discover the strange photos.

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

The entire post reads:

Wildlife concerns: The Gardner Police Department was contacted recently about concern over the possibility of a mountain lion being in the area of Celebration Park. 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. We are glad to report that over the time they were up we did not see a mountain lion. We were however surprised by some of the images that the cameras did take.

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.

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.