Manatees may soon get Threatened Species Status

Manatees may soon get Threatened Species Status

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will shortly review whether manatees, arge, fully aquatic, mostly herbivorous marine mammals, should be considered as endangered or threatened.

Pacific Legal Foundation, first and oldest conservative/libertarian public interest law firm in the United States, is supporting the petitioners. The law firm has urged U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service to put the mammal in the list of threatened species.

Federal law states that a species is considered as endangered when it is facing the danger of extinction throughout all portions of its range. On the other side, threatened status means the species is likely to be endangered species in future throughout all portions of its range.

If U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service changes the classification of manatees, the species would be listed as endangered species.

Now, the government will decide whether the mammal needs to be considered as threatened or endangered.

Even though the species has been listed under the Endangered Species Act, petitioners are weighing heavily on the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service to add the mammals in the list of threatened species.

In the past, FWS's staff has suggested to change the status of manatees.

The process of reviewing the manatees' status could be lengthy. The agency is seeking people's view on the petition. Tuesday is the deadline. After that, agency will review whether it is necessary to list the species as threatened species. The process of reviewing could take a year.

Mantees are large sea mammals that are also known as sea cows. These are vegetarian and can grow up to 10 feet long. Mantees can be seen near the shore and in coastal waterways around Florida. Cold water, boats and toxic algae blooms are some of the biggest threats for the mammals.


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