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Manatee found in Florida with 'Trump' carved in its skin

Florida manatee
Posted at 1:34 PM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 16:11:25-05

BRANFORD, Fla. — Wildlife officials in Florida are looking for the people responsible for carving the word "Trump" on the back of a protected manatee.

According to the Citrus County Chronicle, the manatee was found Sunday in waters inside Ichetucknee Springs State Park in North-Central Florida.

Officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would not comment on the investigation as it is currently ongoing, the report says. The Miami Herald says the agency would provide more information on the case later Monday.

Because manatees are protected by the Endangered Species Act, it is a federal offense to harass the animal with fines up to $50,000 and/or one-year in prison.

No information was given on the health of the manatee and whether the "Trump" word will remain on its back.