WILLITS, CALIFORNIA - Officials from the Redwood National and State Parks (RNSP) reported today that a busload of leprechauns arrived in the middle of the night and quickly ascended the towering trees using mountain climbing gear.
The leprechauns were first noticed by a park garbage collector in the early morning hours Tuesday, when he spotted an abandoned, large, green tour bus parked in a pull-out at the side of the road. After he notified park officials, it was quickly determined, from the ropes hanging down from overhead, that a rather large group of people were in the tree canopy. It turns out, it was a large group of very small people.
"We can't get them to come down," report park ranger, Gustav Gustafson, "Thankfully, they have on their bright green outfits, or we'd never be able to spot them in the high branches!"
"We even sent up a climbing ranger to talk to the little fellas, but they starting pelting him with branches and little stones they must have carried in backpacks."
"We contacted the Consulate General in San Francisco, but they just said that historically, the wee folks have not been easy to control and hung up the phone!" explained Gustafson. "We are hoping the leprechauns will eventually run out of food and water and descend on their own. We're just not sure why they are up there!"