SOLVED: Florida Fish & Wildlife Agents Make Arrest In Painted Gopher Tortoise Case

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FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION: We asked for information about who may have applied red paint and concrete to the limbs, face and shell of a gopher tortoise rescued by good Samaritans in Montverde, Florida. (FWC image)

FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION – We asked for information about who may have applied red paint and concrete to the limbs, face and shell of a gopher tortoise rescued by good Samaritans in Montverde, Florida.

This case generated a lot of support, so we want to share that an arrest has been made and multiple charges have been filed in relation to this crime.

A recent update indicates that the gopher tortoise is recovering well. Thank you for your involvement.

We work diligently to address wildlife violations throughout the state. We received reports of an incident involving wildlife at Forest High School in Marion County, and share the public’s concern.

We have initiated a full and thorough investigation into this incident and will work diligently with the Marion County State Attorney’s Office to come to a lawful resolution.

We will make our findings public once we are able to do so without compromising the investigation.

CLICK HERE to report suspected fish and wildlife violations to the FWC Wildlife Alert Program or call 888-404-3922.

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