MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A $20,000 reward is being offered by “Guardians of the Galaxy” actor Dave Bautista to catch whoever scrawled “Trump” onto a Florida manatee’s back.
A video showing the sea cow with the word “TRUMP” scraped in algae on its back went viral after it was spotted in the Homosassa River in Citrus County. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are looking for any information regarding the animal’s harassment.READ MORE: Doctor's Note Accepted At MDC North Campus COVID-19 Vaccination Site
Bautista, a Tampa native and former wrestler, offered the reward on Twitter, adding “And I promise, there will be bonuses to that reward!”
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the manatee does not appear to be seriously injured.READ MORE: Roof Collapse At James Rickards Middle School In Oakland Park Forces School To Evacuate
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A nonprofit group that protects endangered animals is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the case. Harassing a manatee is a federal crime, and is punishable by a $50,000 fine and up to one year in prison under the Endangered Species Act.
“Manatees aren’t billboards, and people shouldn’t be messing with these sensitive and imperiled animals for any reason,” said Jaclyn Lopez, Florida director at the Center for Biological Diversity “However this political graffiti was put on this manatee, it’s a crime to interfere with these creatures, which are protected under multiple federal laws.”MORE NEWS: Miami-Dade Daniella Mayor Levine Cava: 'Countywide Curfew Could Be Lifted By April 5th'
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