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: COVID In Florida: 6,323 New Cases, 74 Deaths Reported On Saturday
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: Annual Florida Keys Seven-Mile Bridge Run Staged With Coronavirus Protocols
Lu is now facing a felony charge of Molesting Marine Turtles or Eggs.
The turtles are protected under federal and state law.MORE NEWS: 1 Dead, 3 Injured In Single-Vehicle Crash In Miami Beach
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was called out to reestablish the turtle nest perimeter.