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Woman accused of falsely reporting a cougar

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CARTHAGE — Patricia Richardson-Morris, 26, of 21246 Oxford St., Apt. 13, was charged Tuesday afternoon by state police with making a false written statement.

Police said Ms. Richardson-Morris insisted to troopers that she had seen a cougar in her backyard and supplied them with a photo of the animal. Troopers later discovered she had Googled a photo of a cougar from a website, they said.

She was issued an appearance ticket for Wilna Town Court.

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