Reward for information about person who scraped "Trump" into manatee upped to $8,000

The Animal Legal Defense Fund has raised the amount of their reward for information leading to the person who wrote "Trump" on the body of a manatee in Citrus County.

The animal rights org bumped their reward by $5,000. raising the total offer for information leading to an arrest to $8,000.

The manatee was discovered in Blue Hole on the Homosassa River in January. Manatees are a protected species under the Endangered Species Act. People found in violation of the act can spend up to a year in prison and be fined up to $50,000.

The ALDF isn't along in offering rewards for whoever harmed the manatee. Actor, wrestler and Tampa native Dave Bautista offered $20,000 to anyone who could help bring in the people behind it.

Manatee deaths have been on the rise for the last several years and 2021 began with a bewildering die-off among the state's population, with water pollution a likely culprit.

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