AIKEN, S.C. (AP) - Authorities now say a report of a mountain lion escaping from an Aiken pet store is false.
Police said in a news release Sunday afternoon that after several hours of investigation, they determined the entire story was fabricated.
Police had sent out a news release earlier in the day saying the black mountain lion weighed about 100 pounds and was wearing a dog harness when it was last seen at an Aiken pet store.
Authorities say they haven't determined why someone made the false report, but a criminal investigation into the fabricated story has started.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.