TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission is investigating a video circulating on social media.
The video shows a group of individuals with a raccoon on their boat. It was allegedly first posted on a private Facebook boating group.
A man in the boat can be heard on the video cursing at the animal.
At one point, the raccoon falls into the water and is left behind by the boaters.
FWC said in a statement to News Channel 8 they take incidents like this very seriously and are currently investigating.
FWC stated while it’s too early to speculate what violations took place during the incident, they believe “vile acts of animal cruelty have no place in our state or anywhere else.”
They ask anyone with information to contact their Wildlife Alert Hotline at 88-404-3922 or email Tip@MyFWC.com. Individuals can remain anonymous.