Federal Officials to Investigate Florida Manatee with ‘TRUMP’ Etched onto its Back

James Marshall
January 12, 2021

As confirmed on Monday in a Citrus County Chronicle report, U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials are now investigating after a manatee in the Homosassa River headwaters was discovered over the weekend with "Trump" scraped into its back.

According to the Citrus County Chronicle, the manatee was found Sunday in waters inside Ichetucknee Springs State Park in North-Central Florida.

The defacement of the manatee with "Trump" is anything but accidental.

Anyone with information regarding the "Trump" scraping of this animal can call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission hotline at 888-404-3922 with information. The manner in which the letters were engraved was not immediately clear.

The Tucson, Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity said it was offering a $US5000 reward for information "leading to a conviction for the cruel and illegal mutilation".

He added harassment of a manatee, protected by the Endangered Species Act, is a Class A, federal criminal offense punishable by a $50,000 fine and/or up to one-year in federal prison.

The West Indian manatee was listed as an endangered species in the 1970s, when their numbers dwindled to less than 1,000, but the slow-moving creatures were downlisted to "threatened" in 2017 by then-Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke.

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