For three years now, Vernon Yates has been trying to catch a wild monkey that’s made the streets of Tampa, Fla., his home.
Vernon Yates, a wildlife expert who cares for animals while cases against their owners are adjudicated, is the go-to guy when wild or exotic animals are on the loose in Tampa, Fla.
At his home, he has animals ranging from panthers to cougars and deer.
But the animal that really has his attention is a macaques that’s not in one of his cages. It’s been loose in Tampa for three years and has become a symbol of freedom to animal lovers and libertarians.
But it’s also a source of frustration to Yates and the state officials tracking him.