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$20,000 reward offered after dolphins found shot, stabbed in Florida

Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission discovered a dead dolphin off Naples Florida late last week. The animal was fatally wounded from what appeared to be a bullet and  or a sharp object. Within the same week Emerald Coast Enlarge Image A dead dolphin discovered along Pensacola Beach Florida. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Bennie Garza | 13 February, 2020, 19:32

NOAA said the animal was fatally wounded from what appeared to be a bullet or a sharp object.

Officials are offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information after two dolphins were found dead in Florida.

The reward is being offered by the law enforcement arm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission found one dead dolphin with a large puncture hole in its body off Naples last week, NOAA says.

That same week, experts with the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge discovered a second dolphin hundreds of miles away from Naples along Pensacola Beach with a bullet in its left side.

Humans feeding wild dolphins may have made the animals associate people and boats with food, which could have put them in the position for someone to intentionally harm them, the bulletin said. Dolphins begin to associate humans and boats with food and then put themselves in risky situations to get it. Four incidents have occurred within the a year ago, NOAA Enforcement says.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission urges people to not feed wild dolphins.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating these latest cases, along with NOAA authorities.

Anyone with information on the dead dolphins is asked to call the NOAA Enforcement Hotline at 1-800-853-1964.

Harassing, hunting, killing or feeding wild dolphins, or attempting to do these activities is prohibited under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972.

Anybody with information regarding these cases are encouraged to contact the NOAA and tips may be left anonymously. Violators can face up to $100,000 in fines and up to one year in jail.

Since 2002, at least 29 dolphins have died in the Southeastern United States with evidence that they were either shot with bullets or arrows or were impaled with spears.

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