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Police use Taser on fake cougar

May 18, 2009 at 4:11 PM

WARREN, Mich., May 18 (UPI) -- Police in Michigan responding to a report of a cougar on the loose said they ended up shooting a large toy cat with a Taser stun gun.

Warren police said the 911 caller said a "huge" animal resembling "a 150-pound cat" was spotted in an old cement drainpipe in Bates Park and 10 officers were sent to the scene, WDIV-TV, Detroit, reported Monday.

The officers saw the outline of the animal in the pipe and shot it with the Taser -- only to discover it was a large toy cougar.

Police Commissioner William Dwyer said investigators believe the incident, which cost the department $1,000 in wasted police hours from responding to the scene and filling out paperwork, was a prank.

Dwyer said the prankster could face 90 days probation and fines equivalent to the wasted police money if caught.

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