Feds consider weakening protections for manatees from endangered to threatened status

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Manatees in Crystal River, Florida. By Seán Kinane / WMNF News (2008).

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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