Dave Bautista, icon Wwe and star of the movie ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, has offered a $ 20,000 reward (slightly more than 16,500 euros) for information that leads to the capture of the person who carved the word Trump on the back of a manatee in Florida waters.
Bautista, superhero and former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) wrestling champion, is not the only one offering a reward for catching the vandal who engraved the president’s last name Donald trump on the skin of the mammal in the river Homosassa, in Citrus County, on the northwest coast of Florida.
The Center for Biological Diversity in St. Petersburg, on the west coast of Florida, recalled that the harassment of this marine species “It is a federal criminal offense punishable, with a fine of $ 50,000 and up to one year in prison” and offered $ 5,000 for the capture of the material author of the act.
For his part, the aquatic biologist of the club Save the Manatee Patrick Rose noted that the person responsible for the vandalism is probably a person familiar with manatees, ClickOrlando.com reported
The US Fish and Wildlife Service noted that the manatee does not appear to be in danger.
US environmental authorities on Monday condemned the “cruel and illegal mutilation” of the manatee, an endangered species, which was found Sunday in that condition in the Homosassa River.
The manatee, a protected animal
Officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) began investigating the crime after the manatee was discovered with severe scars in the form of the president’s last name.
They recalled that the manatee is protected by the Endangered Species Act since 1963.
These aquatic mammals are plant eaters with no natural enemies.
Most years, the mortality of these animals involves boats, which account for about 20% of known deaths caused by humans, according to the center.
Every year about a hundred manatees are killed by boat collisions, while Florida boating is at an all-time high and continuing to rise.
A report from the center found that the government’s fast-track authorization of boat access projects without analyzing their collective impacts is likely a key factor behind boat strikes, which remain the leading cause of manatee deaths.