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State game officials on Friday released the names of two men who caused an uproar last weekend by dragging a tiger shark tied to the back of their boat up the Chassahowitzka River to the main spring.

Richard Todd Figueroa, 51, of Hudson and Terry Lee Spencer, 34, were each issued notices to appear in court on second-degree misdemeanor charges of possession of a prohibitive species, a tiger shark, according to the Florida Wildlife and Fish Commission, or FWC.

If convicted, each faces up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

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Numerous people posted on social media that two men dragged a live tiger shark tied to the back of their boat the Chassahowitzka River on Saturday, May 1. One man who was in the spring when the men arrived, and who had no role in the shark’s capture, had his picture taken holding the shark that went viral.

— Mike Wright/staff writer

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