A maneuver scene in Florida this week with “Trump” engraved in block letters on his back has sparked an investigation and a plea for help from a nonprofit conservation group.
The Center for Biological Diversity said it was offering a $ 5,000 bounty for information leading to the conviction of a “threatened and illegal mutation” for a threatened mannet in the Homosacea River in Citrus County on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Jacqueline Lopez, the center’s Florida director, said on Monday, “It is heart-wrenching that this ill-fated, blamed, criminal act was blamed.”
He said, “It is clear that whoever has harmed this defenseless gentleman is capable of massive violence and should be arrested immediately.”
The center said the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission discovered the trail as the president’s name on Sunday. Search Was reported by Citrus County Chronicle.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service stated that the manatees did not appear to be seriously injured “as if the term were written in algae on the animal’s back.”
Patrick Rose, executive director of the nonprofit Save the Mante Club, said he had seen pictures of Manette earlier on Monday and was upset.
“It’s a type of manipulation of a civilized species,” he said Monday from Gainesville, Fla. He said that the person appeared to be a teenager.
His alarm was shared by other conservationists.
“This disgusting action goes beyond the limits of what is considered cruel and inhumane,” said Elizabeth FlemingRepresentative of Senior Wildlife in Florida. “I hate that someone will harm a defenseless creature, which I can only give a political message. We will do everything in our power to help find this cowardice, arrest and successfully prosecute. “
A beloved informal mascot of Florida, the manatee is a species of large, slow-moving mammal. There are approximately 6,300 manatees in Florida, According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service. In winter, they hover near South Florida power plants, where they bask in hot water discharge.
They Are protected by association Endangered Species Act and under Marine Mammal Protection Act. Mantes is also protected by the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act of 1986, which states that “for any person, at any time, intentionally or carelessly, to molest, harass, or disturb his or her mood” Is illegal. “
Mr. Rose of the Florida Manet Advocacy Group said that digging the president’s name on Manatake would be “a form of harassment and would be illegal under state and federal laws.”
Those violating state law can face a $ 500 fine and up to 60 days in jail. A federal fine of up to $ 50,000 and one year imprisonment, According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.