Wild monkey finally captured in Florida

Trapper hired by wildlife officials catches animal on low branch

Published On: Oct 24 2012 03:38:16 PM EDT
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -

A wild monkey that was on the lam in St. Petersburg for two years has finally been captured.

Animal trapper Vernan Yates says the monkey was caught Wednesday on a low branch in a tree. He was hired by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservative Commission to catch the animal.

Yates said earlier this week that instead of luring the rhesus macaque with a female, he would use Doc, a 1-year-old male that would sit inside a custom-designed trap and snack on fruit. The goal was to entice the mystery monkey with companionship and food.

The monkey bit a woman earlier this month, and it's believed that the monkey came from a colony in Marion County.