US authorities hunt for person who scraped 'Trump' into manatee's back

US authorities are hunting the perpetrators of an attack on a manatee which had the word "Trump" etched into its back.

The cruel attack was reported by the Citrus County Chronicle which showed a picture of the manatee with the surname of the US President carved into its skin.

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is searching for information on the person who scraped the name into the manatee.

The animal was found on Sunday in the Homosassa River in Florida. 

Craig Cavanna, a senior wildlife officer, told the Citrus County Chronicle the abuse is "very out of character" for the community.

"Wildlife conservation is a core value in Citrus County."

Harassment of a manatee, which are protected by the Endangered Species Act, is a class A federal offence. The maximum punishment is a $50,000 fine and up to a year in prison.