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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Federal officials may take manatees down a notch on endangered species list

Posted 7/1/2014
Federal officials announced Tuesday that they have agreed to consider removing Florida manatees from their list of endangered species. Instead, they said, the iconic mammals — which have been on the list since it was created in 1967 — may belong in the less protective "threatened" category, even though the number of manatees killed last year set a new record.

Manatee mortality
Total manatee deaths in the past five years:
2009: 429
2010: 766
2011: 453
2012: 392
2013: 829

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