Mystery monkey caught after 2 years on the lam

Published On: Oct 25 2012 06:38:33 AM EDT
Updated On: Oct 25 2012 10:27:24 AM EDT

Wildlife officials were searching for this monkey for two years. Search efforts did increase recently, after a woman was bit.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -

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

Authorities say a wildlife official shot the monkey with a tranquilizer dart Wednesday. The monkey then went into the woods and trappers were able to grab it by hand. He was taken to an animal hospital for a checkup.

The monkey eluded capture for years as it roamed neighborhoods in St. Petersburg. It even has a Facebook page and most recently bit a woman, causing trappers to ramp up their efforts to capture him.

Animal trapper Vernan Yates had been hired by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservative Commission to catch the rhesus macaque. It wasn't immediately known if he was with wildlife officials when the monkey was captured Wednesday.

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