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When manatees congregate in the warm Three Sisters Springs to rest in the winter, they aren't as protected as they need to be. As a result, these endangered gentle giants are subject to harassment and disturbance when they need to be regaining their strength.

Tell FWS to provide stronger protections for manatees, including a ban on in-water viewing during the winter!

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As a supporter of Defenders of Wildlife and someone who cares deeply about manatees, I'm calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to take swift action to protect the fragile Florida manatee population in Three Sisters Springs during the winter season when they need to rest.

While the interim measures put in place for this purpose the last two winters were a step in the right direction, they are incredibly time-intensive for refuge staff, and still don't offer wintering manatees the protection they deserve. Since there is a boardwalk from which to observe manatees safely on land, I ask that you close the springs to in-water viewing during the winter season when manatees need to rest.

At least 500 manatees spent last winter in Three Sisters Springs to take refuge from the cold in its warm waters. Currently, there is no limit on the number of swimmers allowed in the spring with the manatees at any one time. Wildlife managers at times counted as many as 100 people in the water with the manatees per hour. This situation results in manatees being harassed or harmed by visitors wanting to interact with them. When they encounter crowds of people, some manatees turn around and head back to colder water, placing them in danger of dying because of increased stress due to the cold.

Record losses in recent years of Florida manatees underscore the urgent need for action that prevents further harassment and harm. Please take these important steps to ensure that Florida manatees receive all of the protection they desperately need.

Thank you for your consideration,

Petition Signatures

Mar 25, 2017 JANEL COHEN
Mar 25, 2017 Desiree Decaire
Mar 25, 2017 linda farrar
Mar 25, 2017 Alice VanKoevering
Mar 25, 2017 Jenny M
Mar 25, 2017 annick vaujany
Mar 24, 2017 Sarah Robinson
Mar 24, 2017 kelly kilishek
Mar 24, 2017 Suzanne Hamer
Mar 24, 2017 JoLayne Fritz
Mar 24, 2017 Petrus Esterhuyzen Common sense & logic should guide the people to conserve a rare species
Mar 24, 2017 Bernard Aubin
Mar 24, 2017 jay beck
Mar 24, 2017 Inbal Hancock
Mar 23, 2017 michele rule
Mar 23, 2017 Michael McKinnon
Mar 23, 2017 Althea Kippes
Mar 23, 2017 Theresa Geiger I live in the great state of Florida and Manatees are very precious to us. They are gentle Sea Cows. Greater care needs to be implemented to stop from being injured from boaters
Mar 23, 2017 Isaura Vazquez-Reid
Mar 23, 2017 Monika Saluter
Mar 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 23, 2017 Diane Hoyle
Mar 23, 2017 Victoria Hutson
Mar 23, 2017 J Kies
Mar 23, 2017 Charyl Haelewyn
Mar 23, 2017 Jenna Wilson
Mar 23, 2017 Tanya Rodriguez
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Mar 23, 2017 Stacy Schrader
Mar 23, 2017 Sonja Macura
Mar 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 23, 2017 Louise Renaud
Mar 22, 2017 Leslie Slater
Mar 22, 2017 Sharon Helin
Mar 22, 2017 Yolanda Bernhard
Mar 22, 2017 Vera Camarinha
Mar 22, 2017 laurence leblanc
Mar 21, 2017 Valéria Menicucci
Mar 21, 2017 Joyce Bunch
Mar 21, 2017 Anthony Zammit
Mar 21, 2017 Sophie Boivin
Mar 21, 2017 Ines Nedelcovic
Mar 21, 2017 Lesley Standridge The FWS has Always been known for their Lack thereof responsibility for Our Wild Life! They need to Step up to the Plate and start doing your Jobs in Protecting Wild Life that are constantly be Harassed by People that have No Heart!!
Mar 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 21, 2017 janell beals
Mar 21, 2017 Isabella Gurnick
Mar 21, 2017 Michelle Bartone

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