Georgia DNR asks Albany citizens to continue to be on lookout for primate

Published 4:21 pm Monday, August 22, 2016

A small primate, possibly a Rhesus macaque, is believed to be on the loose in the Albany area.  No sightings of the animal were reported to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources over the weekend.

Sightings have ranged from the Bainbridge area, Baker County, Punks Landing, the Marine Corps ditch and up on the Kinchafoonee Creek, with the most recent sighting recorded last week.

As of this time, the origin of the animal is still unknown. No nearby facilities permitted for primates are missing any animals, and the closest known established population is located in Silver Springs, Florida.

The Department continues to gather information and will evaluate reported sightings to determine if follow-up actions are warranted.

This is a wild animal. It should not be approached or handled in any way. Due to public safety and health concerns, if anyone sees the animal, please call the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Game Management Office in Albany at 229-430-4254 or after normal business hours call the State Operations Center at 1-800-241-4113.