Gopher tortoise found spray painted red

Posted at 9:30 AM, Apr 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-19 09:30:15-04

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission working to find out who gopher tortoise was found spray painted red.

These are photos posted by FWC. They say it was found in Lake County, in the middle of county road 455.

The tortoise also had concrete on its shell and limbs, and it's now in rehab. Putting man-made materials on a tortoise's shell is not only harmful, but illegal.

If you have any information, call the wildlife alert hotline 888-404-3922, email As always tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.