ORLANDO, Fla. – A reward is being offered to find the person responsible for covering a gopher tortoise in red spray paint, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
The turtle also had concrete on its limbs and the top of its shell. Gopher tortoises are state-listed as threatened and are a protected species.
The tortoise was found in the middle of County Road 455, south of Montverde, when two good Samaritans spotted it and took it to a wildlife rehabber.
If you have any information about who may have applied the paint and concrete on the tortoise, please call our Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922). You can also text or *FWC on a cellphone, or text/email Tip@MyFWC.com.
Anyone contacting Wildlife Alert can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.