The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is now hunting for the one responsible for carving the word “Trump” on the back of a manatee.
The poor manatee was spotted along a river off Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Federal Service officer Craig Carvana told the local newspaper Citrus County Chronicle that the issue is now part of an “ongoing investigation.”
Carvana said that the one responsible will face a fine of up to $50,000 and a year in prison for harming the protected species.
A spokeswoman for the US Fish and Wildlife Service was reported as saying that the animal, classified as “threatened” under US wildlife protection laws, does not appear to be seriously injured.
Photos of the mutilated manatee, including the one below, went the rounds on social media.
⚠️HELP FIND WHO MUTILATED A MANATEE: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating who carved the word "Trump" on a Florida manatee. USFWS is looking for any information: cal Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation hotline at 888-404-3922. https://t.co/FXQ2l3fYTj pic.twitter.com/jI9kL1BNe5— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) January 11, 2021
There was a video of the animal shared on Twitter.
Here is the video of the poor manatee that had "TRUMP" carved into its body.— Yashar Ali ? (@yashar) January 11, 2021
Minding it's own business and some monster(s) came along and did this.
If you have information on the person(s) who committed this federal crime please call 888-404-3922 https://t.co/maOImIxQS0 pic.twitter.com/Yx2qaGhFXe
The nonprofit group Center for Biological Diversity has offered a $15,000 reward for information on the case.