Manatees Threatened

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In September, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission bowed to a request from Governor Charlie Crist to postpone changing the classification of manatees from 'endangered' to 'threatened.' That would have changed its ranking as an endangered species from the very first federal list drawn up in 1967.

The proposed 'delisting' will come up again during a vote in Key Largo. That's if the Governor doesn't ask for another postponement of the vote. Crist had said there was a need for a better way to count the number of manatees in Florida waters.

Last year, a record 417 manatees were killed, mostly by speeding boats.

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