Tampa native Dave Bautista offers $20,000 reward for ‘MAGATs’ who defaced Florida manatee

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"And I promise there will be bonuses to that reward!"

Dave Bautista, a former WWE wrestler and Guardian of the Galaxy member, has offered a $20,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest of whoever wrote “TRUMP” on the back of a Florida manatee.

The Tampa native took to Twitter this week to declare the reward, and promised bonuses for helping catch the “MAGATs.”

“If there’s not already a reward for the arrest and conviction of the low life scummy MAGATs that did this I’ll throw in $20,000,” tweeted Bautista, who is a registered Democrat. “And I promise there will be bonuses to that reward!”

When a commenter suggested that the person or persons should also be punched in the face, Bautista replied, “All I’m saying is that there are a lot of Floridians that don’t appreciate people fucking with our manatees.”

On Monday, the Citrus County Chronicle reported that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are currently seeking information regarding a the MAGA’d manatee that was discovered near the Blue Hole on the Homosassa River.

Shortly after, the Center for Biological Diversity announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to a conviction of the person responsible.

“Manatees aren’t billboards, and people shouldn’t be messing with these sensitive and imperiled animals for any reason,” said Florida director Jaclyn Lopez, in a statement.  “However this political graffiti was put on this manatee, it’s a crime to interfere with these creatures, which are protected under multiple federal laws.”

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  • Sonja Fitch

    January 15, 2021 at 8:26 am

    Omg how Fing low is a maga goptrump death cult sociopath? Cuts a name into a live manatee’s body! Report this person! Get off the streets!

  • T

    January 15, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    I’m betting it was a socialist/democratic creep trying to add to the bills..t.

  • Lynne

    January 15, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    Hope they catch this MAGAT! Tar and feather them – to match the pain of that poor manatee!

  • Richard Hensel

    January 15, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    The name WAS NOT cut into the animal. It was scratched into an aglae layer on the animals skin. It will grow over and will be gone quicker than your misguided rage. It was probably done by antifa to make Trump supporters look bad. Also, Dave can keep his money, it was pity money for bad acting anyway.

  • Ann

    January 16, 2021 at 9:19 am

    Do they know for sure it was a SUPPORTER? Could it have been someone making fun of the size of both the manatee and Trump?

  • John McMahon

    January 16, 2021 at 11:24 am

    More FAKE NEWS! Smells like a fishy story that a TRUMP supporter would do that. But morons like sheep Sonja Finch fake news queen of mean , will believe ANYTHING anti Trump! I smell a Black Lies Matter activist involved in this alleged act. After all, The Leader of BLM is the convicted domestic terrorist Susan Rosenberg ! She admitted planting bombs that exploded in the U.S. Capitol to kill Republicans! Those are the kind of people who would do this if it’s not just another fake story, like the “KKK hangman noose” in the black drivers garage that 17 FBI agents said was a garage door opener!

  • Ocean Joe

    January 16, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    Prediction: teenagers, alcohol, very little political thought involved. Somebody took a photo on their device, it will bubble up soon.

    Who ever thought it was antifa, or some other ridiculous false flag event, I hope when it comes out, and it will, that you check yourself. You must have been a basket-case survivalist nitwit when the Y2K hoax was going on.

  • Bruce Gardner

    January 16, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    Some people only play heroes in movies. Others are heroes in real life. Thank you Dave for standing up for what’s right. Ignore the haters. Villains will always try to justify their actions while hurting others. That’s why we need heroes.

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