Demand Sanctuary for Florida Manatees!

About the Petition

Facing a barrage of threats, America’s beloved gentle giants are being overcrowded when they try to seek refuge in natural springs in Kings Bay in Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge.

Throngs of boaters, snorkelers, and kayakers mob the entrances to warm water springs where Florida manatees seek to escape cold winter waters. Too often, the manatees are grabbed, groped, and harassed by inquisitive tourists. Sometimes the manatees are unable to reach or are pushed out of the warm water springs they need to survive. There have even been instances where mothers were separated from their dependent calves by careless visitors.

Please urge FWS to step up protection of the vulnerable Florida manatee population! 

Photo Credit: Keith Ramos/ USFWS

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