Reward Offered as Death of American Crocodile Known as "Blue #9" Investigated, Florida Wildlife Agency Says | NBC 6 South Florida

Reward Offered as Death of American Crocodile Known as "Blue #9" Investigated, Florida Wildlife Agency Says

The croc was found floating near Islamorada on Sunday

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    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
    The female American crocodile known as "Blue #9."

    A reward of up to $6,000 is being offered in connection with a suspicious crocodile death in the Florida Keys over the weekend, authorities said.

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said it is investigating after a female American crocodile called “Blue #9” was found floating in Florida Bay near Islamorada on Sunday.

    Officers recovered the crocodile’s carcass along the mangrove-covered shoreline near mile marker 74, the FWC said in a statement Wednesday.

    She was a longtime resident of the area and recently laid eggs in a planter box near U.S. 1, the agency said.

    The FWC’s Wildlife Alert Reward Association and the Humane Society of the United States are together offering up to $6,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who killed the croc.

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    The FWC asks anyone with information on the death of the crocodile to call it at 1-888-404-FWCC or the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-346-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous.

    The American crocodile in Florida is listed by the federal government as a threatened species, and killing one is a third-degree felony.

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