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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Touchy subject: Human interaction with manatees is a hot topic in Citrus County

Published 8/19/2007
The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1983 to protect manatees, has “guidelines” that are unique to Kings Bay: It’s the only place in Florida where humans are specifically allowed to touch manatees.

More manatees congregate in Kings Bay and Crystal River than anywhere else in Florida. That happens especially in winter, when the creatures flee cold water for Crystal River springs, where the water temperature is 72 degrees year-round.

The Fish and Wildlife Service is about to undergo a two-year study to enact a comprehensive conservation plan for the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, of which Crystal River is a part. Kraus said public meetings on developing the plan will begin this fall.
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