Feds consider weakening protections for manatees from endangered to threatened status
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07/01/14 Janelle Irwin
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Tags: manatee, wildlife, endangered species, Center for Biological Diversity, Federal Fish and Wildlife Service

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Protections for manatees could soon be weakened. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday it will consider upgrading the marine mammal’s status from endangered to threatened. Jaclyn Lopez is an Florida attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity.

The Fish and Wildlife Service will take about a year to make a decision and there will be opportunities for public input.

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