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Feds consider weakening protections for manatees from endangered to threatened status listen

07/01/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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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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Endangered whooping cranes to arrive at Chassahowitzka listen

12/14/10 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Five whooping cranes, led by ultra light aircraft, should arrive to the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge in Crystal River by Friday. It’s the tenth straight year the endangered birds have traveled to Florida.

Ten whooping cranes from the reintroduced eastern United States flock began flying south from the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin on October 10. Over 60 days later the birds have traversed seven states and 1200 miles and are within sight of reaching their wint...

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