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WILDLIFE OFFICIALS FEAR TOURISTS ARE LOVING MANATEES TO DEATH

From: TakePart

"'It’s the Wild West out there,' said Jeff Ruch, executive director at Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility."

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MANATEES ARE BEING HARASSED IN FLORIDA; NEW RULES DEBATED

From: New Times Broward Palm Beach

"Under the proposed guidelines, the number of tour operator permits in the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge would drop from 34 to five;…

EVEN MANATEES NEED THEIR SPACE: PROPOSAL TO RESTRICT PUBLIC CONTACT

From: Public News Service

The public can weigh in this week on strict new rules to limit the number of people who can swim with manatees at Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River.

SELFIE SEEKERS PUTTING ANIMALS (AND SELVES) AT RISK

From: The Wildlife

"As a result of more people going in the springs, manatee molestings are on the rise, says PEER [Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility] staff counsel…


News Releases

MANATEE MORTALITY SPIKED IN 2016

Record Number of Florida Manatees Killed by Boat Collisions

FLORIDA MANATEES GET SCROOGED FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Chamber of Commerce Pressures Delay of Manatee “Swim-With” Safeguards

NEW MANATEE SAFEGUARDS NEED TO BE STRENGTHENED

Inadequate Enforcement Unless Refuge Adopts Video Monitoring System

MANATEE HARASSMENT RAMPANT ON REFUGES

“Out-of-Hand” Disturbances, Enforcement Overwhelmed, Visitor Education Failing

NEW MANATEE PROTECTION LAWSUIT IN THE WORKS

End of “Swim-With” Programs, Plus Expansion of Habitat and Sanctuaries Sought