Florida Will Not Change Manatee Status

Some good news for the Florida manatee:

We just learned today that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) deferred the manatee's status change from Endangered to Threatened. They also directed their staff to undertake a review of the flawed state classification system for ALL imperiled species.

Citing the need for a better method to estimate the manatee population and the record 417 manatee deaths in 2006, Governor Charlie Crist asked the FWC to reject the status change and the Commissioners complied. ''We need to protect these gentle creatures,'' said Governor Crist in a recent interview with the The Miami Herald.


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Congratulations Shelley! I suppose this means no more Manatees On A Stick next summer though...

Oh well, back to spotted owls, I guess.