BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - State wildlife agents say a person in Brevard County was caught chopping down federally protected sea grapes and mangroves at a national wildlife refuge.
It is protected habitat, critical to loggerhead and green sea turtle nesting.
Florida Fish and Wildlife said that didn't stop the man from cutting down mangroves and sea grapes in the refuge.
FWC worked with federal officers to identify a suspect, who they said admitted cutting down foliage.
The name of the suspect was unavailable to Eyewitness News Monday afternoon, but FWC said the person is facing charges for removal of timber on
"Mangroves you should probably leave
Officials said fines of $17,000 and fees for restoration will be assessed.