by Burke Speaker | September 13, 2013 9:09 am
State wildlife officials are warning residents of a potential threat from perhaps hundreds of wild monkeys with herpes.
The monkeys had been brought to the state in the 1930s, escaped and now are estimated at a population of more than 1,000 according to officials.
While hundreds have been caught, the remaining are considered a health risk.
From the New York Post:
Wildlife officials said that three pairs of Rhesus monkeys were transported to a park near Ocala in the 1930s by tour operator Colonel Tooey after a “Tarzan” flick sparked a fascination with the creature.
State officials have caught more than 700 of the monkeys in the past decade — most of which tested positive for the herpes-B virus.
The monkeys first appeared on an isolated island but learned to swim and now are spotted hundreds of miles away, near Jacksonville.
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