CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. – Former WWE champion and star of “Guardians of the Galaxy” Dave Bautista is offering a $20,000 reward leading to the arrest of the person responsible for scratching “Trump” onto the skin of a manatee in the Homosassa River in Citrus County.
Bautista is not the only one offering a reward.
The Center for Biological Diversity is already offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Save the Manatee Club aquatic biologist Patrick Rose said whoever is responsible is probably familiar with manatees.
The biologist said there is a good chance the person responsible used their hand to scrape plants that grow on manatees.
“The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is investigating the harassment of a manatee...reported to federal authorities over the weekend discovered w/ words "Trump" scraped in its back ...discovered in Blue Hole on the Homosassa River” (via @CitrusChronicle )— 𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐫 𝐏𝐨𝐩𝐞 (@exavierpope) January 11, 2021
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the manatee does not appear to be seriously injured.