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FWC offers reward after tortoise found covered in red spray paint

Gopher tortoise, a protected species, now being rehabilitated

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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. 

Reward offered A gopher tortoise found completely covered in red spray paint and with concrete on its limbs and the top...

Posted by MyFWC on Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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.


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