Tuesday morning update: ‘Vicious’ monkey on the loose in Meadowood

One-metre-tall primate has eluded capture since Sunday afternoon; was spotted running down road in rural neighbourhood near Qualicum Beach

Update from Ministry of Environment, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 10:15 a.m.: “Early Sunday afternoon, COS and RCMP responded to a complaint of monkey at large in a rural neighbourhood just north of Qualicum Beach.  Complainant reported seeing a 2.5′ high monkey in his driveway which then ran off.  Complainant’s description of the animal and his demeanor was credible enough to warrant response to the site.

Officers searched the area and canvassed the neighbourhood to determine if any monkey was known to be possessed in the area.  No animal was found and no information obtained.

Officers have followed up with the Permit and Authorization Service Bureau (PASB) and local vets to determine if anyone possesses a primate in the area.  There is no record of anyone possessing a monkey in any nearby area or community.  At this time, the report is considered unsubstantiated.”


Original story:

Residents and a conservation officer were trying to track down a “vicious” monkey on the loose Monday in Meadowood.

“Yes folks, you have heard right,” said the post on the Meadowood Store’s Facebook page Monday morning. “There is a monkey running around Meadowood.”

Dan Simpson lives on Settler Road. He had a visit from a conservation officer Sunday afternoon.

“He asked us if we owned a monkey,” said Simpson. “Well, I thought that was kind of ridiculous but then he said there was one running down the road. He said it was grey, red-faced, three-feet-high and not to approach it because it can be vicious.”

Simpson said he doesn’t know of any neighbours who own a monkey, and since the neighbourhood is close to the Inland Highway, he had a theory.

“It could be as simple as someone pulling over to take a leak and it could have jumped out of his car.”

Dashwood fire chief Nick Acciavatti hadn’t heard about the wayward primate when The NEWS contacted him at the fire hall.

“I’ve seen a lot of things, but that’s a first,” said Acciavatti.

Police confirmed they received a call about a monkey running down the road in Meadowood.

“We attended (Sunday) and didn’t find anything,” said Oceanside RCMP Cpl.  Jesse Foreman. “We called the conservation officer, who said there was no one licensed in that area to own a monkey.”

The NEWS could not reach anyone in the Nanaimo office of the conservation officer on Monday afternoon and it was unclear at press time Monday evening if the monkey was apprehended.

The Meadowood-Dashwood area is a rural neighbourhood approximately 15 kilometres northeast of Qualicum Beach 170 kilometres north of Victoria.

Just Posted

Qualicum Beach charity hosts fundraiser for Guatemalan students

Aldea Maya has been working in the Central American country since 2012

Parksville Lawn Bowling Club on a roll for artificial turf

Project to cost over $500,000 but will save club money

More Parksville pop-up water parks planned

Fire department says Sunday, Aug. 18 next one on the agenda

Hi Neighbour Day celebrates 50th year in Errington

Pancake breakfast, parade, zucchini race and more planned for this years’ festivities

Semi-truck crashes on Hwy. 4 between Port Alberni and Tofino-Ucluelet

Drivers heading in or out of Tofino-Ucluelet Friday afternoon should expect delays

VIDEO: Langley Ribfest met with protesters

Groups that oppose the event for various reasons plan to be on site each of the three days.

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

It’s snow joke: Up to 30 cm of snow expected to fall in northeastern B.C.

Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson to be hit with August snowstorm, according to Environment Canada

‘I’m just absolutely disgusted’: Husband furious after B.C. Mountie’s killer gets day parole

Kenneth Fenton was sentenced to prison after he fatally struck Const. Sarah Beckett’s cruiser

Sea-to-Sky Gondola in B.C. likely out of commission until 2020

Sea to Sky Gondola carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people every day during the summer season

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

PHOTOS: Weapons seized at Portland right-wing rally, counterprotests

Not all who gathered Saturday were with right-wing groups or antifa

Ferries employees participating in Denman Island cleanup for plastic-shedding ferry

The cleanup comes a few weeks after one organized by residents of the Island

Discussion on grief and loss between Stephen Colbert, Anderson Cooper goes viral

The exchange includes emotional question from Cooper, and outlook on grief as a child

Most Read