- The Washington Times - Monday, January 11, 2021

Federal wildlife authorities are searching for the person or persons responsible for carving the word “TRUMP” into a manatee’s back, local media reported Monday.

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service told the Citrus County Chronicle that the mutilated manatee was discovered Sunday in the headwaters of the Homosassa River in Citrus County.

Craig Cavanna, a senior federal wildlife officer, said an investigation is ongoing but that the harassment of a manatee is a federal criminal offense punishable by up to a year in prison.

“It’s been my experience that this is very out of character for this community,” Mr. Cavanna told the Chronicle. “Wildlife conservation is a core value in Citrus County. That’s why it’s called the Nature Coast.”

“We are following leads,” he added.

Anyone with information on the situation is encouraged to call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 888-404-FWCC.

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