Manatee-riding case puts wildlife law in the spotlight

12/4/2012 | FoxNews.com

While visiting a park near St. Petersburg, Fla., Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez reportedly rode on the back of a manatee for "so long that people were taking photographs of it," said Bruce Bartlett, a chief assistant state attorney. The action would be a violation of the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act, and Gutierrez faces 60 days in jail and/or a penalty of as much as $500 if convicted. If manatees become acclimated to people and associate them with food, it could hurt their chances of survival, said Carli Segelson, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman.

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