The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) of Citrus (Florida) raised the award to US$8,000 (EUR 6,656) this Thursday Any information that leads to the capture of a person with the words “Ace” on the back of a manatee It was found in the waters of Florida and was found in the Homosassa River on January 10.
“The worrying thing is that someone has intervened Endangered species. We hope that the additional rewards will bring the case back to life and provide witnesses,” said Stephen Wells, chief executive of the French Defense Forces, in a statement.
According to officials from the Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies, they continue to investigate the incident, saying “It seems to be written in seaweed, not carved on the back of a manatee”, It does not seem to be dangerous.
These mammals are considered a threatened species and are banned “Harassment, harm or annoyance” manatee.
This”bully“Includes any behavior that may harm or interfere with animals or disrupt the normal behavior of manatees.
Dave Bautista, the star of the movie “Guardians of the Galaxy”, also offered a $20,000 award in January last year. Information that allows the arrest of those responsible for this crime.
Superhero, former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) wrestling champion Bautista is not the only product offered Catch up with the saboteur’s reward It carved President Donald Trump’s surname on the skin of a mammal on the Homosassa River on the northwest coast of Florida.
These aquatic mammals They are plant eaters There are no natural enemies.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Between January 1 and April 14, 674 manatees died, So far, of the 824 deaths in 2018, more than half This is the worst year for herbivores.
For most years, The deaths of these animals involved ships and accounted for about 20% of the death toll According to the St. Petersburg Biodiversity Center on the west coast of Florida, it is known to be caused by humans.
Approximately one hundred manatees die every year Collided with a ship Leisure boating activities in Florida continue to increase.
A report from the center found that the government’s rapid authorization Getting in and out of ships If we do not analyze their collective impact, this is likely to be the main cause of shipwreck, and shipwreck is still the main cause of manatee death.