NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement is offering a reward for information in the deaths of six critically endangered smalltooth sawfish in Everglades City, just north of the Florida Keys.
NOAA is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. An employee with Everglades National Park reported the dead sawfish and two dead bonnethead sharks to NOAA experts. Two of the sawfish are missing their saws. One other had its meat removed, leaving only the carcass, NOAA said.
The animals were found along the causeway between Everglades City and Chokoloskee Island, Florida. A sawfish biologist from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will perform a necropsy on the animals.
Smalltooth sawfish are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.