PALMETTO -- The talk of the town today is a possible monkey on the loose.
Deputy Chief Scott Tyler of the Palmetto Police Department said a patrol supervisor was contacted by residents Sunday saying they had seen a monkey in their neighborhood. The sighting was reportedly in the Snead Island - Heritage Bay area.
As of Thursday, however, Palmetto police had received no additional reports of a monkey running loose.
Gary Morse of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the reports are thus far "unconfirmed," and he was trying to get more information.
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"I know that there have been reports but they have not been confirmed," Morse said.
Asked about a possible escaped monkey from the Manatee County Fair which opens this week, a staff member said as far as she knew there are no monkeys at the fair this year.
Should anyone spot a monkey, they should report it to law enforcement and not try to feed or approach it, Tyler said.
"They are wild animals," Tyler cautioned.
The humane thing to do would be to report the monkey so that it can be rescued from the cold and properly cared for, Tyler said.