MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A woman spent the night in the Miami-Dade County Jail after being arrested for disturbing a sea turtle nest.
41-year-old Yaqun Lu, a Chinese citizen, was arrested Saturday in Miami Beach.READ MORE: Three Dead In Shooting Outside Of A Wendy's In Hallandale Beach
According to an arrest report, officers observed Lu stomping on a marked-off turtle nest and using a wooden stake to poke it.
Police say the area was clearly marked and had a double perimeter as well as a warning sign.READ MORE: COVID-19 Testing Sites In South Florida
Lu is now facing a felony charge of Molesting Marine Turtles or Eggs.
The turtles are protected under federal and state law.MORE NEWS: ‘It Would Not Let Go’: Another Weston Woman Bitten By Rabid Fox
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was called out to reestablish the turtle nest perimeter.