Deputies deal with monkey business

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By The Staff

Citizens  in east Levy County reported seeing three monkeys on Thursday, March 22,  so Lt. Shawn Hunt, the new Levy County Sheriff's Office Ag/Marine Unit commander, responded spending hours attempting to locate the monkeys.
But the monkeys, who have been reported in the area of County Road 318/335 for at least two years, were elusive. The Sheriff's Office has had numerous reported monkey sightings from citizens in the Williston area.  Last year, District 5 Commissioner Danny Stevens (D-Williston) reported a monkey on his property. But it eluded capture by officials from the Sheriff's Office and state Fish and Wildlife Conservation officers.
On this occasion, Hunt located in a wooded area evidence that monkeys are in the area. He found a fence post they have scratched and found hair the monkeys had shed. 
Individuals living in the area said the monkeys are eating their pets' food and also scattering the food making a mess in their carports.
Hunt contacted the Florida Fish & Wildlife Officers and will set traps in the area in an attempt to capture and relocate the monkeys. 
The Sheriff's Office has no reports the monkeys have been aggressive toward people.