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      Missing mountain lion report in Aiken a hoax

      AIKEN, S.C. -- 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.

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