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Mystery Monkey: Despite efforts, still on the run

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The rogue monkey that bit a woman in south St. Petersburg earlier this week is still on the run, despite efforts by wildlife officials to catch it.

Officials are using fruit and sandwiches as bait, and if that doesn't work, they'll bring out another monkey to lure him in – which the community hopes happens soon.

The infamous Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay reportedly bit and scratched a 60-year-old woman Wednesday.

The monkey has been on the run for several years, spotted as far north as Pasco County, Temple Terrace, Town ‘N Country, and Clearwater before ending up in the southern tip of Pinellas County.

That's where the monkey has taken refuge for the past year and a half, without much attention.

But that all changed Wednesday when authorities say the monkey came from behind the woman while she was sitting on the ground.

It's not exactly clear what happened, but the woman ended up with scratches and bite marks, which you can see in a photo of her upper back.

Wildlife officials are urging the public not to have contact with the monkey.

What happens to the elusive monkey if it's caught isn't clear. It may have to be destroyed to be tested for rabies. But if that can be avoided, officials say they have two homes lined up where the monkey could live safely.

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