Defenders of Wildlife

Manatees Risk Losing Protections in Florida

Manatee (Photo: USFWS)

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Make Your Call for Florida's Wildlife Today!

State officials are poised to change the status of four imperiled critters, including the manatee. Today is your chance to speak out for these special critters to let officials know you oppose reclassification based on a flawed system.

Please call state officials today to help us protect the most vulnerable of our state's critters. If you are calling after business hours, please leave a message.

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On Tuesday, June 6th, please call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Governor Jeb Bush and say the following:

  • As a supporter of Defenders of Wildlife and Florida's most vulnerable wildlife, I am calling today because tomorrow, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) will vote to reclassify four species on Florida 's imperiled species list. Using their flawed classification system, the commission has already voted to downlist the imperiled red-cockaded woodpecker, despite opposition from many scientists.
  • Many of Florida's species will be downlisted or even delisted, not because their biological status has changed, but simply because the listing criteria used by the FWCC has changed. This could result in decreased protections for these species.
  • Please delay the decision on downlisting manatees or other species until the state fixes their imperiled species classification system.
  • The gopher tortoise and Panama City crayfish meet the very stringent criteria for uplisting and clearly are in trouble. Please do not delay uplistings for the gopher tortoise and Panama City crayfish.