OLDSMAR, Fla. – Authorities have called off the search for a runaway monkey near Tampa.
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission had been attempting to capture the 30-pound monkey after it was seen in trees and rooftops near an apartment complex on Sunday.
Deputies say the monkey was last seen entering a heavily wooded area near Oldsmar, 17 miles northwest of Tampa.
A crowd looked on as officers tried to chase down the monkey on Sunday.
“They finally got it to jump down and it ran right across the building areas and it kept running away from them. They got it cornered once, but I guess it eluded them again and took off into the woods,” said Florida resident Ashley Thompson.
Officials are warning residents that the monkey, likely a macaque, can be aggressive. Any residents that spot the animal should contact Pinellas deputies.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.