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Fake mountain lion scares neighbors

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A California woman called  the police after seeing stuffed mountain lion in neighbor's yard. (Source: KABC/CNN) A California woman called the police after seeing stuffed mountain lion in neighbor's yard. (Source: KABC/CNN)

LAGUNA BEACH, CA (KABC/CNN) - Reports of wild cats taking people's pets led to a prank gone awry in Southern California.

Beverly Bradham panicked when she saw the animal on Sunday.

To her, it looked like a mountain lion was sleeping in the yard next door.

Police and Animal Control rushed to Bradham's Laguna Beach home after she called 911.

It turns out the giant cat was stuffed.

Dirk Larson had lent it to Bradham's neighbor.

"As a joke we thought, 'Well, let's put it in the neighbor's yard, and scare the neighbor's wife. Well, before the neighbor could come home, another neighbor saw the mountain lion, called the police. Next thing you know, we have Animal Control and police here," Larson said.

Laguna Beach police say they recently notified residents about a bobcat snatching domesticated cats in the area.

Bradham says she called the 911 operator back to apologize after realizing the lion was fake, but the operator actually got a kick out of the false alarm.

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