MINERVA PARK, Ohio (WCMH/AP)–Friday, officials with the Ohio Department of Agriculture placed trail cameras in the area of Minerva Park Lake in hopes that this will help them spot a howler monkey that has been seen in this northern Columbus neighborhood.
The most recent sighting happened early Friday morning, when a newspaper deliveryman says he spotted the monkey in the middle of Valley Road in The Village of Minerva Park.
Minerva Park Police Chief Kim Nuesse says an officer spotted a monkey around 11 a.m. Thursday eating something and sitting on a fence in Columbus.
Nuesse says that based on the officer’s description authorities are searching for a howler monkey.
Police and the state Department of Agriculture say they haven’t found any pet owners in the area who are missing any primates.
Nuesse says she has posted information about the monkey on the department’s Facebook page. She says residents should call police and not approach it.
Wildlife officials say the monkeys can be aggressive or territorial. Residents of the village have been trying some unique tricks, including tying a stuffed monkey to a tree and putting bananas out to lure the monkey in.
A state spokeswoman says 10 monkeys are permitted in the state and none of them live in the area.