The manatee was discovered Sunday in Florida’s Homosassa River with the President’s name in capital letters on its back, according to a news release from the Center for Biological Diversity.
It’s not clear what was used to mark the animal.
The center announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to a conviction of the person responsible, according to a news release.
“However this political graffiti was put on this manatee, it’s a crime to interfere with these creatures, which are protected under multiple federal laws.”
Officials with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are investigating. Anyone with information can call the commission hotline at (888) 404-3922.
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