Manatee found with ‘Trump’ scraped on its back

CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating after it got reports of a manatee with “Trump” carved into its back.

The manatee was spotted near Blue Hole on the Homosassa River, according to the Citrus County Chronicle.

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Experts said it does not appear that the manatee was seriously injured and that the writing was seen in algae on the animal’s back.

The USFWS said it is aware of the incident and working closely with Florida wildlife officials to investigate the incident.

Manatees are protected by both the the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

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It is a federal crime to interfere with or harass the creatures.

Anyone found guilty of violating the act can be fined up to $50,000 and/or sentenced to one year in federal prison.

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Authorities ask anyone with information about the incident to call 844-397-8477 or email FWS_TIPS@FWS.GOV.

Matt Reeser

Matt Reeser, WFTV.com

Matt Reeser joined WFTV in 1998 as a news photographer and has worked for television stations in Kentucky and West Virginia.

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