FWC

Published: May 16, 2013 10:56 AM EDT

ISLAMORADA, Fla. - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is investigating the suspicious death of an American crocodile found floating in Florida Bay near Islamorada on Sunday. FWC officers recovered the crocodile carcass along the mangrove-covered shoreline near Mile Marker 74.

For information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for killing the crocodile, the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Reward Association and the Humane Society of the United States are offering a combined reward of up to $6,000. Anyone who provides information can remain anonymous.

The American crocodile in Florida is listed federally as a threatened species. State and federal laws prohibit killing, harassing, feeding or possessing crocodiles. Killing an American crocodile is a third-degree felony.

This female crocodile, known as “Blue #9,” was a longtime resident of the area. It recently made news when it laid eggs in a planter box next to U.S. 1.

The FWC asks anyone who has information regarding the death of this crocodile to call the FWC at 888-404-FWCC (3922) or the Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-346-TIPS.